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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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Kenan, Amos
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor. Possible confusion with Avi Kenan.
Kenan, Avi
Birth - Death : 1951-
Nationality : Moroccan then Israeli
Avi Kenan came to Israel at four and then studied art in Haifa and in Bat Yam. He produced bronze and aluminium sculptures.
Kern, Haim
Birth - Death : 1930-
Nationality : German
Living and working in Paris, Kern produced sculpture works often made with barbed wires.
Keyser, Ephraim
Birth - Death : 1850-1937
Nationality : American
Ephraim Keyser studied at the academies of Munich and Berlin and then worked in Munich in 1872. He also lived until 1879 alternatively in Berlin and Baltimore and was awarded in 1876 the Michael Beerche Prize in the German capital. He notably stayed in Rome between 1879 and 1886, in New York from 1887 to 1893 and then worked in Baltimore until his death. Keyser produced busts, marble works and monuments during his career.
Keyser, Ernst Wise
Birth - Death : 1875-?
Nationality : American
Keyser studied at the Maryland Institute of Arts in 1893 and at the Art Students League in New York between 1894 and 1895. He pursued his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris between 1895 and 1898 and then produced commemorative monuments and fountains.
King, Philip
Birth - Death : 1934-
Nationality : Tunisian
King came to England at the age of 11 and studied sculpture at the Saint Martin School of Arts between 1957 and 1958. He then became Henry Moore's aide until 1960 and notably exhibited his works at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1961 and 1966 as well as in many countries. Some of his works are on display at the Tel Aviv Museum.
Kirzner, Alexander
Birth - Death : 1926-
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Kirzner studied at the College of Theatre and the Arts in Sverdlovsk and later in Leningrad before immigrating to Israel in 1972. His sculpture “Solo” was chosen by the Film festival Committee in Haifa in 1991 as the prize awarded to first-place winners.
Kisselov, Sofia
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Sculptor. Born in Cracow, Sofia Kisselov survived the Holocaust and studied painting and sculpture at the Academy in that city. After immigrating to Israel, she pursued her studies at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Kisselov exhibited stained glass and aluminium works in Israel from 1966.
Klein, Max or Miksa
Birth - Death : 1847-1908
Nationality : Hungarian
Sculptor. Klein studied in Budapest in 1861 and the Academy in Berlin in 1863. He exhibited his works in Paris and Munich in 1883 as well as in 1890 in Berlin, where he worked.
Knobel, Esther
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Knobel settled in Israel in 1951. She has been working as a jewellery designer and has had many solo exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
Kofman, Bernard
Birth - Death : 1963-
Nationality : French
Kofman has been working as a sculptor since 1986 producing figures of rabbis notably. This self-taught artist is himself the grandson of a rabbi and the son of an amateur painter.
Kogut, Jakub
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
Kohler, Rose
Birth - Death : 1873-1947
Nationality : American
Kohler studied art in Cincinnati and at the Art Students League in New York under Duveneck and Zorach. She produced sculptures and also worked as a painter.
Kohn, Gabriel
Birth - Death : 1910
Nationality : American
Kohn studied at the Cooper Union in 1929 and at the Institute of Design. He started his career as a sculptor and a worked as a decorator for the theatre and movie industry. After coming in 1947 to Paris, where he studied under Zadkine, he paid a visit to Rome. He lived again in Paris during five years, before returning in 1954 to the U.S where he continued to work as a sculptor. Kohn evolved toward abstraction producing spatial works in wood.
Konti, Isidor
Birth - Death : 1862-1938
Nationality : Austrian
Konti studied at the Academy in Vienna between 1887 and 1889 and worked in Chicago between 1891 and 1893. He then settled in New York and was awarded a gold medal at the 1904 Saint Louis International Exhibition. He produced many allegorical pieces during his career.
Kook, Nili
Birth - Death : 20th- 21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Working as a painter and sculptor, Kook started to exhibit her works in 1991 in Israel.
Kopelowicz, M.
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Lithuanian
Kormendi, Jeno
Birth - Death : 1886-?
Nationality : Hungarian
Kormis, Fritz
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : German
Kormis studied art in Frankfurt and worked in Berlin before settling in London in 1934. He produced many portrait-busts during his career.
Kosloff, Benederte
Birth - Death : 19th-20th Century
Nationality : Russian
Sculptor. Kosloff exhibited his works at the Salon des Independants and the Salon d'Automne in Paris during the 1920s
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