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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 ...

Bakst, Andrey
Birth - Death : 1907-1972
Nationality : Russian
Bakst worked as a painter in Paris, where He died.
Bakst, Lev Smoilevitch Rosenberg called Bakst
Birth - Death : 1866-1924
Nationality : Russian
Bakst studied painting in St. Petersburg and then visited Paris before settling in Moscow, where he was first known as a painter depicting Russian popular life. He then worked in 1899 in Munich as a portrait painter. Much influenced by French modern art, he radically changed his palette and produced some aesthetic works. Bakst co-founded the “Mir Iskousstva” the Artistic World
Balaklav, Leonid
Birth - Death : 1956-
Nationality : Russian
Balaklav painted views of Jerusalem.
Balas, Judy
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli then American
Born in Herzlia, Judy Balas moved with her family to the U.S, where she has been working as a photographer. She notably produced scenes from the war in Israel.
Balcer, Zysman
Birth - Death : Active circa 1850
Nationality : Polish
Balcer studied painting in Cracow from 1850. It is not known whether he pursued an artistic career afterwards.
Baldessari, John
Birth - Death : 1931-
Nationality : American
Conceptual artist. Baldessari exhibited his works at the New York Jewish Museum in 1970.
Balducci, Giovanni
Birth - Death : ? -1603
Nationality : Italian
Balducci painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Balestra, Antonio
Birth - Death : 1666-1740
Nationality : Italian
This artist painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Balgley, Jacob
Birth - Death : 1891-1934
Nationality : Byelorussian then French
Balgley's father was a rabbi. After studying in a yeshiva, he turned to painting small icons to earn a living and attended the school of Fine Arts of Odessa before settling in 1911 in Paris, where he later exhibited his works at the Salon d'Automne. He also studied at the School of Decorative Arts in 1920 and met Alice Kerfers, his future wife. Both then traveled to southern France, Italy and Palestine before he exhibited his works in Paris in 1924, the year he took French nationality. Balgley, who died of a heart failure in 1934, painted many works depicting Jewish scenes.
Balicki, Szymon
Birth - Death : 1912-?
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Painter. Born in Dombrowa, Poland, Balicki escaped in 1941 from a convoy that was leading him towards a Nazi labour camp. From the end of 1941 until May 1945, he was detained in various camps, where he managed to draw scenes depicting inmates but most of these drawings were lost. Balicki immigrated in 1957 to Israel, where he produced works depicting Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the war.
Balint, Endre
Birth - Death : 1914-1986
Nationality : Hungarian
Balint studied painting at the School of Decorative Arts in Budapest and stayed in France several times between 1934 and 1962. He worked as a Surrealist artist under the influence of Lajos Vajda in Hungary and in Paris between 1957 and 1962 and took part in several exhibitions in France, Belgium, Holland and Hungary. He notably produced 1,200 illustrations for the Bible of Jerusalem.
Balla, Frigryes Fulop
Birth - Death : 1871-1937
Nationality : Hungarian
Painter.
Ballin, Joel or John
Birth - Death : 1822-1885
Nationality : Danish
Joel Ballin produced a painting entitled “Procession in the Synagogue” in 1840. He then worked as a printmaker from 1846.
Ballin, Mogens Francesco Hendrik
Birth - Death : 1871-1914
Nationality : Danish
Ballin worked under the influence of Gauguin and Van Gogh and became in 1891 a member of the Israelite Nabis. Born into a religious Jewish family, he came to Paris in 1891 and at a banquet given in honor of Gauguin met Jan Verkade, the Dutch painter who became a Catholic monk, by whom he was introduced to the Nabi\" group. In 1892, Ballin traveled to Italy and converted to Catholicism a year later. Admitted to the Franciscan Third Order, he returned in 1894 to Copenhagen, where an exhibition of his paintings met with great success. In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, members of the Danish Resistance as an act of defiance organized a retrospective show of Ballin's work. "
Baltermants, Dimitri
Birth - Death : 1912-1990
Nationality : Russian
Photographer.
Balthus (Klossowski de Rola), Balthazar called Balthus
Birth - Death : 1908-2001
Nationality : French
Balthus was Jewish-born according to American writer Nicholas Cox Weber who wrote an autobiography of the artist signalling that his mother Elisabeth Spiro
Balunin, Mikhail Abramovich
Birth - Death : ? -1875
Nationality : Russian
Balunin produced some works depicting Jewish scenes.
Ban, Bela
Birth - Death : 1914-1986
Nationality : Hungarian
Painter.
Banay, Miki
Birth - Death : 1955-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. He studied art in Florence and at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem.
Band, Debra
Birth - Death : Active from the last decade of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
She has been specialising in the creation of Ketubot marriage certificates
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