Articles in Category: Sotheby's

Bonhams & Sotheby's Judaica 2013

Written on December 20, 2013

Hagar - Abel Pann
It is a rare season indeed when two major auction houses are showing not only resplendent offerings of Judaica, but also multiple examples of highly unusual and rare Jewish themed fine art.  That is indeed the case right now both at Sotheby’s December 19th auction and the Bonhams recent December 10th auction.

Sotheby’s Chanukah Auction: December 19, 2012

Written on December 04, 2012

Rabbi with Young Student by Kaufmann Courtesy Sotheby’s

Silence. There is an overwhelming silence that dominates the Isidor Kaufmann masterpiece, Rabbi with Young Student (catalogue #93) offered for sale at the Sotheby’s December 19th auction.  Kaufmann’s most engaging paintings for me are the deeply psychological portraits, usually of Hasidic men, young women and youths.

Sotheby's Judaica

Written on March 04, 2004

 Ketubah, Isfahan (1856) ink and gouache on paper (36 z 33) Courtesy Sotheby's

Jewish Art has always been burdened by Jewish history. Unlike most other cultural traditions, the vicissitudes of fate have been particularly harsh and have frustrated any attempt to establish a long-standing cultural tradition for the Jewish people in their far-flung habitations. Frequently just as an art form began to take hold, an expulsion, pogrom, or oppressive decree would disrupt Jewish life and all chance of stability.

Sotheby's Tel Aviv

Written on April 09, 2003

Esther’s Child: Epilogue (2001)

Israeli Picture Book

Autour du Coq Rouge (Around the Red Rooster), painted in 1982 by aninety-five year old Marc Chagall (1887-1985), the most famous Jewish artist of the twentieth century, puzzles us with its mysterious loveliness and grace. The Chagall bursts upon us in a passionate torrent, scintillating our visual sensibilities with pinks, hot violets and lush greens that are only partially soothed by the flickering blues of distant skies. The absurdly shaped animals in the center are guarded by three hesitant figures on the left and a gigantic figure with a rooster on the right.   Behind him are a mother and child who seem to levitate above the horizon.  The prone youth in the foreground feeding a little white goat serves as a horizontal balance to the unusual and evocative Provencal landscape above.