Category Archives: Jewish art

Josef Presser, Dream, 1940

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Issachar Ber Ryback, The Boy and a Goat

 

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Issachar Ber Ryback, The Matchmaker

This work of Ber Ryback resembles works by Chaim Soutine. I love everything here: the colors, the fluid energy and wavy textures, and the marvelous caricatured expressions on the faces. It was very common in the Jewish world then for a matchmaker … Continue reading

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Issachar Ber Ryback, Shtetl, My Destroyed Home, a Remembrance

Issachar Ber Ryback was born in Yelisavetgrad (now Kirovograd, Ukraine). This was also the town where some of my family emigrated from. His father was murdered during a Pogrom there, around the late 1890s (after which my family left). Ber Ryback … Continue reading

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Lion and unicorn detail, from the 16th century ceiling painting of the Hodorov synagogue, Poland

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