Watercolor on paper, 12 3/8" by 15 1/2" (16" by 19" as framed), signed in English and Hebrew at lower left, not dated but probably circa 1940's or 1950's, by noted, well Jewish American listed artist ELIAS NEWMAN (1903-1999). Newman was born in Poland but was in the US as a boy. In his late teens he met such artists as the Soyers, Peter Blume, and Chaim Gross at The Educational Alliance Art School in New York City. The Educational Alliance was a settlement house, set up to assist Eastern European Jewish immigrants arriving in New York between the 1880's and the early years of the new century. The Alliance started an art school for young people and a number of these alums went on to become leading artists of their generation---some names of note include Abraham Walkowitz, Philip Evergood, Saul Baizerman, Sir Jacob Epstein, Jo Davidson,Ben Shahn, and, somewhat later, Adolph Gottlieb and Barnet Newman. By 1925 he was on his way to Palestine to meet with his brother, and for many years thereafter he traveled back and forth between New York and the Holy Land/Israel on various personal and culture-related business. In the 40's and 50's he was teaching art in the US (at his own school of art in Rockport, Massachusetts between 1951 and 1964). Newman lived to age 95 and was active into the 1990's. His works have sold at Sotheby's, Christie's and other fine houses. This piece is in excellent condition. It's a subtle work and may not photograph that well, but there's a definite modernity to the way the boats are arranged in that harbor.
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