Woodcut color print "Jeremiah", 23" by 15 1/2" (33" by 25" framed), signed in pencil at extreme lower right corner and dated there 1957, by the well-known Jewish artist JAKOB STEINHARDT (1887-1968). The work is numbered in lower center margin 1/30. Steinhardt is a significant figure in the Jewish art scene of the 20th century. Born in present-day Poland, he attended art school in Berlin in 1906, studying with Lovis Corinth and Hermann Struck. The years 1908 to 1910 were spent in Paris, where he associated with Matisse and Steinlen. Back in Germany, in whose army he served during WWI, Steinhardt became a member of the Berlin Secession movement. After increasing harassment from authorities, the Jewish Steinhardt fled persecution and moved to Palestine in 1933. There, he ran an art school in Jerusalem and was active in the Bezalel School. The artist's favorite themes were usually biblical and Jewish. Paintings, watercolors and numerous graphics extant today attest to his skills. This print is currently traveling without glass. Somewhere in its existence the backing was exposed to some moisture which evidently soaked through and created a stain in the bottom margin below and to the left of the signature area, as shown in the images. A paper restorer could likely remove or lighten this, or, framing could hide a good part of it. I see what appears to be a pinhole in lower right corner and possibly another at lower left. Otherwise the print luckily survived without other damage. There is an old Safrai Art Gallery, Ltd., (Jerusalem) label on the backing.
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