Oil on canvas painting, 16" by 12", the subject a young Jewish boy holding the Torah, signed at lower right by the well listed Jewish artist MAX BAND (1900-1974). Band was born in Lithuania and spent much of his earlier life in Paris, after study at the Berlin Academy. His works often feature Judaic themes, though subject matter can range from florals to European urban vistas to genre and portraits. In 1940, presumably as war clouds threatened in Europe, Band moved to Los Angeles, where he lived until the end of his life. The prestigious Stendhal Gallery there held an exhibition of his works in 1941, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held another exhibition in 1943. Band's paintings have sold at auction in Europe, Israel, and the United States, sometimes for as much as five figures. This example is in very good condition. There is some white residue along edges in a few places that resembles frame abrasion. A simple cleaning would be beneficial. A fine acquisition for the collector of Judaica. Band remains an undervalued artist of the "Ecole de Paris", but his prices have been rising in recent years at auction.
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