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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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Melnikov, Avraham
Birth - Death : 1892-1960
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Melnikov worked as a sculptor, mostly in stone and wood. Influenced by Assyrian and Egyptian archaism, he notably produced in Tel Hai a roaring lion statue carved in marble between 1928 and 1932.
Melnikow, Aaron
Birth - Death : 1903-?
Nationality : Russian
Aaron Melnikov lived in Palestine between 1918 and 1934 and then in London. He notably produced monuments and also worked as a printmaker.
Mendes da Costa, Joseph
Birth - Death : 1863-1939
Nationality : Dutch
Joseph Mendes da Costa first worked with his father who was a stonecutter. He then studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Amsterdam between 1882 and 1885 and became the assistant of the sculptor Zijl. From 1898 to 1910, he produced ceramic works and monumental decorative pieces. Joseph Mendes da Costa also created some impressionistic works and notably produced a terracotta sculpture of King David and other pieces relating to the Bible.
Mendes da Costa, S.H
Birth - Death : 1845-1923
Nationality : Dutch
Birth - Death : Active during the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Merkado, Nissim
Birth - Death : 1935-
Nationality : Bulgarian then Israeli
Merkado studied sculpture in Tel Aviv until 1959 and then at the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1962. He taught plastic arts in Sevres from 1968 to 1971 and took part in many exhibitions in Paris. Much guided by the spirit of Italian Futurism, he produced works and installations in steel, wood and glass with a view to finding scientific and symbolic correspondences between different simple volumes. Merkado was notably awarded the Rodin Prize in 1970 and the Antoine Bourdelle Prize in 1973.
Merzer, Arieh
Birth - Death : 1905-1966
Nationality : Polish
Merzer produced realist relief pieces on copper depicting Jewish scenes.
Meschaninoff or Miestchaninoff, Oscar Jossel
Birth - Death : 1886-1956
Nationality : Russian
Born in Vitebsk, Meschaninoff studied art in Odessa until 1906 and in Paris, where he studied in 1907 under Mercie and Joseph Bernard. A friend of Modigliani, Diego Rivera and Soutine who painted his portrait, he traveled in 1919 to Cambodia from where he brought back some interesting pieces of work. He then pursued his career in the French capital, where he exhibited his sculptures at the Salon d'Automne from 1922 as well at the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon des Independants. Meschaninoff settled almost permanently in the U.S after the war.
Mester, Jeno Eugen
Birth - Death : 1882-?
Nationality : Hungarian
Mester studied under the direction of E. Telcs in Budapest and worked there as a sculptor between 1906 and 1913. He then settled in Denmark.
Meyer-Michael, Wolfgang
Birth - Death : 1890-?
Nationality : German then Israeli
Meyer-Michael studied art in Berlin before settling in 1935 in Palestine, where he worked as a sculptor.
Meyerhowitz, Herbert Vladimir
Birth - Death : 1900-?
Nationality : Russian
Meyerhowitz studied at the Academy in Berlin between 1918 and 1925 and settled in South Africa, where he taught sculpture and founded a School of Fine Arts in Cape Town. In 1943, he founded the West African Institute of Arts and Industries on the Gold Coast.
Michaeli, Ida
Birth - Death : 20th- 21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Michaeli has been producing ceramic ritual objects.
Michnik, David
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Mika, Mikoun
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
Mika studied sculpture with Antoine Bourdelle in Paris. She essentially produced terracotta or enamelled copper masks.
Miller Fay
Birth - Death : Active from the last two decades of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Fay Miller has been producing Jewish ritual pieces in glass.
Miller, Katya
Birth - Death : Active from the last third of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Working as a jewellery designer, Miller produced some religious artifacts.
Mimran, Patrick
Birth - Death : 1956-
Nationality : French
Mimran has been producing lyrical abstract works that were featured in his first solo exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. In his group of paintings he has been exploring the close relationship between his dual passion for music and the visual arts. Apart from producing paintings with pigments mixed with hot wax aimed at giving them translucent effects, he worked on a series of provocative installation projects involving music video and sculptures. He had a second one-man exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in November 1998. In March 2000 he exhibited a monumental sculpture for a group show called “L'Homme qui marche de Rodin à Mimran” in the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris and in The Hague in June 2000. Mimran also collaborated with the English film director Peter Greenaway, on a variety of artistic and musical projects between 1994 and 1998.
Minchheimer, Abraham
Birth - Death : Active during the 18th Century
Nationality : Polish
Minchheimer worked as a medallist in Poland.
Minchheimer, Salomon Jan
Birth - Death : 1802-1879
Nationality : Polish
Salomon Jan Minchheimer worked as a medallist and sketcher in Poland. Son of Abraham Minchheimer, he converted to Catholicism.
Minchheimer, Samuel
Birth - Death : Active during the 18th Century
Nationality : Polish
Samuel Minchheimer worked as a medallist in Poland. He was the father of Abraham and the grandfather of Salomon Minchheimer.
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