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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 ...

Ulman, Benjamin
Birth - Death : 1829-1884
Nationality : French
Ulman painted a few biblical scenes during his career.
Ulman, Micha
Birth - Death : 1939-
Nationality : Israeli
Ulman has been producing sculptures in Israel as well as a monumental installation titled “Library” on the Bebelplatz in Berlin, where the Nazis burned 20,000 works on May 10th 1933. This artist has had a close relationship with books made of iron and sand.
Ultvedt, Per Olof
Birth - Death : 1926-
Nationality : Finnish
Sculptor, creator of assemblages, painter, printmaker and graphic artist. Ultvedt studied painting in Stockholm from 1945 and taught at the Academy in that city from 1968. Working as a neo-realist artist he produced works similar to those created by Tinguely with machines and daily life objects after giving up painting in 1954. One of Ultvedt's works is on permanent display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Unger von
Birth - Death : 19th Century
Nationality : German?
Von Unger produced a print depicting a Jewish market in Cracow.
Ungerman, Carrie
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : American
Multimedia artist. Ungerman notably produced works based on Jewish themes.
Unold, Max
Birth - Death : 1885-1964
Nationality : German
Painter of genre scenes, landscapes and still lifes. Unold produced Jewish-related drawings during his career.
Unterberger, Michelangelo
Birth - Death : 1695-1758
Nationality : Austrian
Unterberger painted a few biblical scenes during his career.
Uri or Ori, Aviva
Birth - Death : 1927-1989
Nationality : Israeli
Born in Safed, Aviva Uri studied painting under Hendler and was awarded the Dizengoff Prize in 1956. She moved to the abstract in 1959 and took part in the exhibitions of the “Ten Plus Group”. A prominent figure on the Israeli art scene, she was greatly influenced by the scribbles used in Aryeh Aroch's paintings.
Urselincx, Jan
Birth - Death : 1598? -1664
Nationality : Dutch
Urselincx painted a few biblical scenes during his career.
Ury, Lesser
Birth - Death : 1861-1931
Nationality : German
Ury was much influenced by Millet, Van Gogh and Jozef Israels. Inspired by the life of the German metropolis of Berlin he became a prominent artist in Germany. He also painted Jewish-related themes. Unlike Liebermann, Ury was born into a poor and disunited family and as a result he felt the oppressive weight of poverty throughout his youth. Even when success came, somewhat late in his life, Ury remained a misanthrope and finally died wearing rags, locked up in his studio as a recluse though a considerable fortune in bonds was founds buried beneath the floor. Born in Birnbaum in German Poland, he ran away from his home and set out to become a painter, studying in Dusseldorf, Brussels and Paris. Ury first painted genre pieces in an academic style and then produced landscapes in Volluvet, Belgium, assimilating the influence of the French Impressionists and completing his paintings in his studio after sketches made in the open air. Ury returned to Berlin in 1885 and produced city scenes in the German capital until his death. He notably achieved great technical brilliance with the use of pastels and expressed in his large visionary compositions on biblical and Jewish themes his mystical attachment to the sacred texts and to the chosen people.
Uryson, Chaim
Birth - Death : Active during the first half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
This painter worked in Lodz before the Second World War.
Utkin, Boleslaw
Birth - Death : 1913-
Nationality : Polish
Painter. Utkin notably painted a work in 1934 depicting a synagogue in Lodz.
Uytewael, Wtewael Joachim Anthonisz
Birth - Death : 1566? -1638
Nationality : Dutch
Uytewael painted a few biblical scenes during his career.
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