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.