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Around Jewish Art

The seemingly effortless process by which a suitable title is selected for an encyclopedia such as this became exponentially more complex and difficult as I explored the available options and heard the mounting arguments from all sides. Finding the right mix of words was crucial. After pondering the subject for several months in an effort to arrive at the best possible title, I finally opted for "Around Jewish Art."

PART I
Artists of Jewish Extraction Who Did Not Paint Judaic Scenes

PART 2
List of artists of Jewish extraction who painted Jewish scenes or whose works came to reflect their attachment to their roots.


PART III
There were also some non-Jewish artists who painted Judaic and Jewish scenes or went to work in Palestine and those who exhibited in Jewish institutions and museums as well as others who have not been identified as being Jewish for sure.

PART IV
Sculptors and medallists
Probably because of a reference in the Bible to Abraham destroying statues of pagan gods, Jewish artists refrained from producing sculptures representing humans until at least the 19th Century. It was only after 1880, when many Jews benefited from the emancipation process in Central and Eastern Europe that they felt inclined to turn to this form of art.
Many Jewish artists worked as sculptors during the 19th and 20th Century, some of them became quite famous like Chana Orlov, Jacques Lipchitz, Elie Nadelman or Jacob Epstein among others.


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Insler, Sarah
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Intrator (Barak), Hava
Birth - Death : 1941-
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Painter. This artist immigrated to Israel in 1950.
Iofan, Boris
Birth - Death : 1891-1976
Nationality : Russian
Painter.
Iofan, Boris Mikhailovich
Birth - Death : 1891-1976
Nationality : Ukrainian
Iofan's designs epitomized Stalinist architecture at its height, as his plans, reminiscent of Roman and Egyptian monuments, were quite grandiose. After studying at the Odessa Art Institute from 1903 to 1911, he traveled to France and Italy and frequented the Academy in Rome until 1916. Back in the USSR Iofan won the competition for the workers' housing project for Rusakovskaya Street in Moscow and became the chief architect of the house of Government there. His concept of an immense monument topped by a huge statue of Lenin called the Palace of Soviets never became a reality, but was nevertheless realized in two pavilions. The first at the Soviet Pavilion for the 1937 Universal Exhibition in Paris and the second for the Soviet Pavilion at the 1939 New York World Fair. In 1970, Iofan was named People's Artist of the USSR and was awarded the Order of Lenin.
Ionescu, Silvan
Birth - Death : 1909-?
Nationality : Rumanian
Ionescu produced caricatures mainly.
Iosif, R. (Rosenbluth)
Birth - Death : 1894-1975
Nationality : Rumanian
Iosif worked as a landscape painter and printmaker.
Iris, Antoine
Birth - Death : 1903-1957
Nationality : Russian
Iris came to Paris at 23 after studying in Khishiniew, Bessarabia, and in Brussels. He took part in several exhibitions and Salons in the French capital.
Irsai, Istvan
Birth - Death : 1896-?
Nationality : Hungarian
Graphic artist.
Irwin, Robert
Birth - Death : 1928-
Nationality : American
Irwin has been a prominent painter and sculptor in the U.S. He first worked as an abstract-Expressionist artist before veering to Minimal art centred on environment. The Jewish Museum in New York held an exhibition of his works in 1968.
Isaacs, Esther
Birth - Death : 19th Century
Nationality : ?
Painter.
Isaacz, Isac called Oseryn
Birth - Death : 1599-after 1665
Nationality : Dutch
Isaacz painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Isel
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : ?
This artist painted scenes in Jerusalem.
Isenburger, Eric
Birth - Death : 1903-1994
Nationality : German
Painter. Born in Frankfurt, Isenburger later moved to Barcelona and Paris, arriving finally in New York in 1941. He exhibited several times at the Knoedler Galleries there and won prizes such as the Cochran Museum and Washington award.
Isenstein, Kurt Harald
Birth - Death : 1898-?
Nationality : German
Isenstein studied at the Academy in Berlin and then produced many portrait busts, notably of Albert Einstein. He also made the Heine Monument in Cleveland as well as several Memorial Monuments in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, where he worked. Isenstein created in 1948, the Oslo memorial for the 620 Norwegian Jews who were murdered during the Second World War.
Iser, Josif
Birth - Death : 1881-1958
Nationality : Rumanian
Iser studied painting in Rome and Paris, where he settled. He exhibited his works at the Salon d'Automne and befriended André Derain. Iser was Marcel Janco's teacher in Bucharest.
Iskowitz, Gershon
Birth - Death : 1921-1988
Nationality : Polish then Canadian
Iskowitz was detained by the Nazis in 1939 and then sent to a concentration camp during which he spent six years as an inmate. After the war, he studied art in Munich as well as under Kokoschka. Iskowitz settled in Canada in 1949 and exhibited his works in Toronto. Iskowitz was influenced during many years by the sufferings of the Jewish people before turning to abstract painting using pleasant colours on the canvas.
Israel, Daniel
Birth - Death : 1859-1901
Nationality : Austrian
Israel studied painting in Vienna and in Munich. He traveled to Palestine at one time and painted small landscapes there.
Israel, Edgar
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : French?
Painter.
Israel, Hadany
Birth - Death : 1941-
Nationality : Israeli
Hadany Israel studied art at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv in 1957 and in London between 1965 and 1967 and taught at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem in 1971. This artist worked on the project of “Les Halles” in Paris four years later and won many prizes in Israel. Hadany represented Israel at the international symposium on “Sculptures in the Open Air” in England in 1983.
Israel, Kobi
Birth - Death : Active from the last two decades of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Photographer.
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