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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.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ...

Kahlo, Frida
Birth - Death : 1910-1954
Nationality : Mexican
Kahlo's father was partly of Jewish extraction. She was a medical student when she met Diego Rivera who married her in 1929. Stricken by poliomyelitis in 1913 and seriously wounded in a road accident in 1925, she took to painting while convalescing and became a major artist in Mexico.
Kahn, Annelies
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : American
Kahn studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She specialized as a sculptor.
Kahn, Leo
Birth - Death : 1893-1983
Nationality : German then Israeli
Kahn spent some time in Paris working with Andre Derain. He settled in Palestine in 1936 and lived in the artists' colony in Safed. He notably painted still lifes and landscapes.
Kahn, Max
Birth - Death : 1857-?
Nationality : German
Kahn studied painting in Paris with Tony-Robert Fleury at the Academie Julian. He then painted views in Brittany.
Kahn, Nicole
Birth - Death : 1915-
Nationality : French
Nicole Kahn worked as a painter after studying under Andre Lhote in Paris.
Kahn, Robin
Birth - Death : 1961-
Nationality : American
Robin Kahn started to exhibit paintings and embroideries from 1987 in various galleries in New York.
Kahn, Tobi
Birth - Death : 1952-
Nationality : American
Kahn has been producing painted wood shrines.
Kahn, Wolf
Birth - Death : 1927-
Nationality : German then American
Kahn left Germany for Britain in 1939 and settled in the U.S a year later. Kahn studied with Hans Hofmann at the University of Chicago in 1950 and then took part in several exhibitions in the U.S and abroad, showing still lives and landscapes.
Kahna (Gueler), Dina
Birth - Death : 1948-
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor. Kahna studied at the Bezalel Academy between 1969 and 1973.
Kaimi, Guillio
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Greek
Painter and stage decorator. Kaimi sought to discover the Byzantine continuation in Greek folk art.
Kainen, Jacob
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : American
Painter.
Kainer, Ziva
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Kaiser, Betsy
Birth - Death : 20th Century?
Nationality : Dutch
Betsy Kaiser painted the portraits of some Jewish people in Holland during her career.
Kaiser, Raffi
Birth - Death : 1931-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Raffi Kaiser studied at the Tel Aviv Academy between 1945 and 1948 before going to Paris, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1954. He then frequented the Academy in Florence until 1957. He returned to Paris in 1962 and received a private scholarship by the David G. Steven Society. In 1967, he was chosen by the Museum of Modern Art in Paris amongst the 15 best young foreign painters living in France. He had one-man shows in Paris in 1962, in Brussels in 1968 and in Tel Aviv in 1968 and 1972. Raffi Kaiser also took part in numerous group exhibitions in Paris, Bradford, London, in the U.S and in Strasbourg.
Kaish, Luise
Birth - Death : 1926-
Nationality : American
Sculptor. Kaish's work evolved from romantic expression to abstraction. She expressed the demarcation between sacred and profane in numerous synagogue commissions.
Kalhoun, Nelly
Birth - Death : Active from the last two decades of the 20th Century
Nationality : Tunisian
Kahloun married at 14 and got divorced at 21. After working in an advertising agency and in the clothing sector, she decided to devote her time to painting and exhibited her works in Paris and in Singapore in October 2000.
Kali, Mary
Birth - Death : 1929-
Nationality : American then Israeli
Kali studied painting with Jonatan Bohadana and Yehoshua Haas. She has taken part in many exhibitions in Israel, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.S and Australia.
Kalish, Max
Birth - Death : 1891-1945
Nationality : Polish then American
Kalish studied art in Cleveland, at the National Academy in New York and then at the Academie Colarossi and the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris and returned to the U.S in 1913. Kalish produced marble works and sculptures representing workers.
Kaliski, Sarah
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : French?
Kaliski exhibited her paintings at the 1998 Paris Salon of Jewish Contemporary Artists.
Kallos, Ede
Birth - Death : 1866-1950
Nationality : Hungarian
Sculptor. Kallos studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Budapest and with Henri Chapu in Paris, where he exhibited his works at the 1900 Universal Exhibition.
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