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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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Antokolski, Marek Markus Mordechai Matveivich
Birth - Death : 1843-1902
Nationality : Lithuanian
Antokolski was educated at a Heder in Wilno and worked as an apprentice to a printmaker before learning woodcarving. He then became the first Jewish student to be admitted at the Academy of Saint Petersburg, where he studied from 1863 until 1869 and was awarded a prize with a small wood relief, “The Jewish Tailor”. Antokolski gave up the idea of producing Jewish-related works after facing some criticisms and turned instead to Russian historical themes. He then went to Berlin and returned to Wilno but a lung haemorrhage forced him to go to Italy, where he spent eight years. He then worked in Saint Petersburg between 1875 and 1880 and exhibited in Paris, where he was made a knight of the Legion of Honour. Anti-Semitism in Russia did not enable him to meet success and induced him to go back to Paris, where he worked during two decades and returned to the Jewish topics of his youth.
Arad, Ron
Birth - Death : 1951-
Nationality : Israeli
Arad has reached international status during the late 1980s as an avant-garde furniture designer established in London and working also in Italy. He studied at the Academy in Jerusalem between 1971 and 1973 and then went to London, where he attended the Architectural Association. He set up in 1981 his studio of design and architecture called One off London and used many materials to create furniture pieces. Arad then met great success as a designer notably after producing his famous Bookworm shelf in 1997, the year he started to teach design at the Royal College in London.
Aronson, Boris
Birth - Death : 1900-1980
Nationality : Russian
Aronson, David
Birth - Death : 1923-
Nationality : American
Sculptor and painter.
Aronson, Nahum
Birth - Death : 1872-1943
Nationality : Russian
Nahum Aronson worked chiefly as a sculptor. Born to orthodox Jewish parents, he produced his first work at 12 and studied art in the Academy of Wilno at 16. He came in 1891 to Paris, where he exhibited his works for the first time in 1896. Nahum Aronson then traveled to Russia and Germany and produced an impressive number of sculptures, many of which are on display in museums throughout the world. He left Paris after the German occupation of France and died in New York in 1943.
Artsi, Yael
Birth - Death : 1946-
Nationality : Moroccan then Israeli
Artsi immigrated to Israel in 1966 and studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv as well as under Cardo. She took part in many exhibitions in Israel and abroad, notably in Chicago, Atlanta, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Lyons and Geneva. Her sculptures are created from marble, wood and bronze.
Ascalon (Klein), Maurice
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor in Israel, Ascalon founded the Pal-Bell decorative arts manufacturing company there.
Ascalon, David
Birth - Death : 1945-
Nationality : Israeli
Born in Tel Aviv, David Ascalon received his early artistic training as an apprentice of his father, Israeli sculptor Maurice Ascalon formerly Maurice Klein
Asher, Dan
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Asher, Itzik
Birth - Death : 20th century
Nationality : American
This artist produced life-size animal sculpture works.
Ashkenazi Noga
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor and designer of Judaica artifacts.
Avni, Aharon
Birth - Death : 1906-1951
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Sculptor and painter. Aharon Avni artist settled in Palestine in 1925 after studying art in Moscow. Avni taught at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem and opened in 1936 a Histadrut studio for painting and sculpture in Tel Aviv Avni Institute
Avrahams, Yehudit
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : American
Weaver. Avrahams has been producing tallitot in Israel as well as Judaica art works. She notably studied the art of weaving in Navajoland, Arizona, in 1976.
Awerbuch, Ilan
Birth - Death : 1953-
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor. Awerbuch studied art in London and in New York.
Awerbuch, Lev
Birth - Death : 1913-
Nationality : Russian
Axelrod, Leon
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : American
Axelrod studied at the Art Students League in 1981 before producing stone sculptures.
Azaz, Nechemia
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
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