Issachar Ber Ryback, Man Eating Soup

Painting showing Issachar Ber Ryback’s use of Expressionist technique, similar to Chaim Soutine. While this image details a poor Jew in a Pre World War II shetl eating soup, when I saw it I could not help but remember some scenes from the amazing memoir Within the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg. In that book she describes her 15 years of imprisonment and starvation in the GULAG and the wretchedness of humanity around her. One scene in particular I remember of an almost dead starved man whom she gave soup to. The exaggeration of the mouth here could just be the man blowing on his soup or it could be a focus on hunger and the fixation on food that takes over starving people.


About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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