Fine spontaneous ink drawing on thin paper of man and boy dressed in traditional orthodox Jewish clothing, 7 3/4" by 4 3/4", 13 1/4" by 10 1/4" in narrow gold leaf framing by a quality New York City framer, signed at upper right by the noted Jewish-Ukrainian artist, EMANUEL MANE-KATZ (1894-1962). With some quick strokes of the pen, the master artist has created a fine image that embodies Jewish tradition and culture. The artist was born in the Ukraine near the end of the 19th century. By 19 he was in Paris, studying art, becoming friends with many major artists, including Picasso (who painted him in 1932). Mane-Katz was a member of the so-called Jewish School of Paris. He specialized in creating works which showed Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Favorite subject matter included Hasidic figures, rabbis, musicians, beggars, and yeshiva students. Some of Mane-Katz's works on canvas have exceeded $200,000 at auction. A museum dedicated to his work and collected objects of Judaica opened in Haifa, Israel. This work was framed behind glass when acquired. In shipping the glass was shattered but the drawing sustained no damage. The thin paper has normal oxidation toning. It is lightly taped at top to mat. The gold leaf thin frame, circa 1960's, was cracked however at bottom edge. I believe the frame can be easily retained, as long as it receives some slight repair to that area. The drawing will be shipped between boards along with the frame. See the net for much more on the artist.
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