The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth-century Europe

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Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.), Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Merrell, 2001 - Art - 192 pages
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The emancipation of Jews in Europe during the nineteenth century meant that for the first time they could participate in areas of secular life -- including established art academies -- that had previously been closed to them by legal restrictions. Jewish artists took many complex routes to establish their careers. Some -- such as Camille Pissaro -- managed to distinguish themselves without making any reference to their Jewish heritage in their art. Others -- such as Simeon Solomon and Maurycy Gottlieb -- wrestled with their identities as well to produce images of Jewish experience. The pogroms that began in the late nineteenth century brought home to Jews the problematic relationship of minority groups to majority cultures, and artists such as Maurycy Minkowski and Samuel Hirszenberg confronted the horror of the deaths of thousands of Jews in powerful images of destruction and despair.

Comprehensively illustrated in color throughout, Painting in Nineteenth-Century Europe explores for the first time every aspect of the role of Jewish artists within nineteenth-century European art.

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Goodman is Senior Curator-at-Large at The Jewish Museum, New York.

Richard I. Cohen is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His previous books include "Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust" (1987).

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