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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 ...

Korn, Sandor Alexander
Birth - Death : 1892-1964
Nationality : Hungarian then Israeli
Korn studied at the Academy in Budapest in 1913 before he was called for military service in the Austrian Army. He settled in Transylvania in 1920 and illustrated in 1930 “The Book of Solomon”. Between 1943 and 1950 he taught at the School of Sibiu and then immigrated to Israel, where he often painted scenes relating to the history of the Jewish people.
Korner, Ernst-Karl Eugen
Birth - Death : 1846-1927
Nationality : German
Korner visited the Middle East during the early 1890s. He notably painted views of Jerusalem.
Korngold, Syriusz
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
Painter.
Kosak, F.V
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Hungarian
Kosak notably produced works depicting Jewish scenes during his career.
Koscielniak, Mieczyslaw
Birth - Death : 1912-?
Nationality : Polish
Koscielniak studied art in Cracow and worked in Warsaw. He joined the Polish Resistance movement at the beginning of the war but was arrested in 1941 and deported to Auschwitz, where he produced several drawings of inmates in that camp. He survived and returned to Warsaw in 1945.
Kosinski, George
Birth - Death : 1952-
Nationality : British
This artist has been producing watercolors in Israel.
Koskas, Georges
Birth - Death : 1926-
Nationality : French
Painter and printmaker in Paris. He took part in many important exhibitions during his career.
Koskas, Rachel
Birth - Death : 1965-
Nationality : French
Painter and printmaker.
Kosloff, Abraham
Birth - Death : 19th-20th Century
Nationality : Russian
This artist worked in Paris, where he produced some paintings depicting Jewish scenes.
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
Kosnick-Kloss, Hannah
Birth - Death : 1892-1955
Nationality : German
Painter. Kosnick-Kloss lived with Otto Freundlich from 1930 until the Nazis arrested him during World War Two.
Kosolapov, Alexander Semenovich
Birth - Death : 1943-
Nationality : Russian
Kosolapov graduated in 1968 from the Stroganov Institute of Applied Arts as a monumental sculptor. Suffering from a lack of commissions, he began to work in mixed media in the early 1970s. He produced works in a Dada style that satirized Soviet ideological mass production and had a solo exhibition in Moscow in 1974 before settling in New York the following year. Kosolapov had solo exhibitions in galleries in Germany and New York and took part in numerous group shows in Russia, Europe and the U.S.
Kosowsky, Avinoam
Birth - Death : 1949-
Nationality : Israeli
Kosowsky studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and later taught painting at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv.
Kossak, Juliusz
Birth - Death : 1824-1899
Nationality : Polish
Kossak painted some works depicting Judaic scenes.
Kosso, Elloul or Elul
Birth - Death : 1920-1995
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Born in Mourom, Russia, Kosso settled in Palestine with his family in 1924. He began his studies in 1939 in Danziger's studio whose Canaanite sculptures were of a great influence on his work. Kosso continued his studies at the Chicago Art Institute, where he became acquainted with pre-Columbian sculpture. In 1948, two years after his return in Palestine, he was one of the founding members of the «New Horizons Group». He later settled in Canada.
Kossof, Leon
Birth - Death : 1926-
Nationality : British
Kossof started to paint at 12. After fighting in Europe during the Second World War he frequented the Saint Martin's School of Arts in London between 1949 and 1953. He also studied with David Bomberg from 1950 until 1952 and attended the Royal College of Art between 1953 and 1956. In 1962, Kossof became a member of the London group, which included Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon among other figurative painters. He took part in many exhibitions, notably in London, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Paris and Venice, where he represented Great Britain at the 1995 Biennial. Kossof painted from his early youth the city of London, notably its poor areas, in a manner reminiscent of that of Bomberg with inexpressive figures that exhaled a form of pessimism regarding human condition.
Kossonogi, Yosef
Birth - Death : 1908-1981
Nationality : Hungarian then Israeli
Painter. Kossonogi studied painting in Berlin and immigrated to Palestine in 1926. A cofounder of the Young Avant-garde Group Massad\", he painted landscapes, interiors, female figures and compositions. "
Kossovsky, Avinoam
Birth - Death : 1949-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Kostrzewski, Franciszek
Birth - Death : 1826-1911
Nationality : Polish
Kostrzewski painted some works depicting Judaic scenes.
Kostuwicky, Ivan
Birth - Death : 1867-?
Nationality : Polish
Painter. Kostuwicky worked in Palestine before 1914.
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