The Emergence of Jewish Artists: Painting in Nineteenth-Century Europeby Susan Tumarkin Goodman
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 as well with their identities to produce images of Jewish experience in a predominantly Christian world. The pogroms that began in the late nineteenth century and escalated in the early twentieth savagely 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, Confronting Modernity: European Jewish Artists in the Nineteenth Century explores for the first time every aspect of the rôle of Jewish artists within nineteenth-century European art.
Author Biography: Susan T. Goodman is Senior Curator-at-Large at The Jewish Museum, New York.
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