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The Top Ten Most Influential Jewish Painters

From Chagall to Lichtenstein, we look at the most visionary and talented artists of the past few centuries

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: January 20th, 2015 in Culture » Art » News

The Top Ten Most Influential Jewish Painters

Art has changed tremendously over the years and continues to do so today. From simple images to near photographic pieces, from highly romanticized creations to abstract colors thrown onto a canvas, the world of art is in a state of constant flux. Although all artists are important and help shape the artistic movements to come, some are certainly more influential than others. So sit back and appreciate as we at Shalom Life count down the ten most influential Jewish painters.


The Return of the Jewish Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living According to Old Customs (1833-34)

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Born in 1800, in Hanau, Germany, Oppenheim was one of the great painters, and printmakers of his day. He was one of the first artists to be quite outspoken about his Jewish heritage, while also having tremendous influence on the non-Jewish population. He painted in a realist style, with exquisite attention given to detail, yet the colors and forms his subjects take also lend themselves to romanticism. His works often explored Jewish tradition in the modern world, and interactions between different people.


Annie (1962)

Lucian Freud

Born in December of 1922, Freud was a German-born British painter who is said to be one of the most influential British artists of his time. His paintings were often created using the impasto technique, where an artists will cover the canvas so thickly in paint that the knife strokes and movement of the brush are intentionally visible. He also examined the relationship between artist and subject in often unsettling ways, such as seen in "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping."


Entrata del villaggio di Voisins (1872)

Camille Pissarro

Born in 1830 in the US Virgin Islands, which were then considered to be the Danish West Indies, Pissarro is one of the best known impressionist and neo-impressionist painters of his generation. Having the opportunity to study with artists such as Gustave Courbet, Pissarro was able to develop his style and transition into neo-impressionism during the second half of his life. He also founded a collection of artists which would help inspire art and creativity. His works include "Bath Road, Chiswick" from 1897 and "Two Women Chatting by the Sea" from 1856.


Sabbath (1919)

Max Weber

A Jewish-American painter, Weber was born in 1881 in Russian and emigrated to Brooklyn with his Jewish Orthodox parents when he was roughly ten years old. He's considered to be one of the first American cubist painters who helped bring the movement to the US. Despite this, his paintings such as "The Cellist" were mercilessly critiqued during his lifetime, despite its significance and importance to the abstract and cubist movement. His work did eventually find success, making its way into galleries. He also began to paint Jewish themes in his work towards the end of his career.


House at Falling Water, (1936-1968)

Peter Blume

An American Dali, Blume was an abstract, surrealist, cubist, and purism painter. Born in 1906, Blume's work was filled with bright colors, contrasting shapes, and unsettling imagery such as in his piece "The Rock." His paintings also had an element of folk art to them, and explored the idea of construction and deconstruction in his works. Before painting, Blume drew and sold his cartoons, he even explored sculpting, before eventually pursuing a career in painting.

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The Top Ten Most Influential Jewish Painters

From Chagall to Lichtenstein, we look at the most visionary and talented artists of the past few centuries

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: January 20th, 2015 in Culture » Art » News

The Top Ten Most Influential Jewish Painters


Heaven is for White Men Only (1973)

Judy Chicago

Chicago, born under the name Judith Sylvia Cohen, is considered by many to be the foremother of feminist art. The artist, who chose her last name to rebel against made dominated family names, is known for her incredibly mixed medium artworks. While her installation art is perhaps best known, such as her piece The Dinner Party, or for her use of combining "feminine" arts like needle point and china painting with welding and construction, Chicago is also a renown painter. Her collection Pasadena Lifesavers is perhaps her most well known collection of paintings, exploring her sexuality.


Room on the Kibbutz (1950)

Sionah Tagger

Born in Jaffa, in 1900, Tagger is one of the first, and most influential, female Israeli artists. Her art often explored universal ideas, yet also explored issues relevant close to home. Her style was a blend of cubist and naïve, which allowed her to explore bright and contrasting colors, as well as playing with shadow and darkness in her paintings. She would also sketch her paintings out first, which allowed her to get such intimate details in her work while also giving them this near three dimensional look. Her works include "Children in the Yard" and "Celebration at Jaffa."


Over The Town (1918)

Marc Chagall

Chagall was a versed artist, having produced work in nearly every medium imaginable. The French-Russian artist was born in 1887, and moved to Saint Petersburg toward the start of his career to study art. Chagall then moved to Paris to explore his art, often making paintings in the cubist style, but that were filled with humor and bright colors, drawing inspiration from poetry and the world rather than other artists and movements. Chagall also created famous illustrations to the Old Testament. and is known for using colors that captivate viewers, drawing on both the fantastical, the mundane, and his Jewish culture for subject matter in his art. His work includes the 1911 piece "I and the Village" and the 1968 piece "The Prophet Jeremiah."


Roy Lichtenstein

Born in 1923, Lichtenstein is considered by most to be one of the first American pop artists. He originally began to work in the abstract expressionist style, but made the shift to pop-art later in his career. He adopted styles and techniques used in commercial printing, and his early work of this genre focused on household items, like running shoes and and golf balls. Lichtenstein's work were akin to those of Warhol, and it's in part thanks to him that the modern age of comics were able to find their style. His pieces include the 1963 painting "Drowning Girl" and the 1992 reimagined painting of "Bedroom at Arles."


Infants School (Bewaarschool) in Amsterdam (1880)

Max Liebermann

One of the forefathers of impressionism, Max Liebermann was born in Germany in 1847. He grew up in a stern family and town, where academics was pushed. He originally studied philosophy then law at university, but he began to study painting before fighting in the first World War. Upon his return, he dedicated himself to his paintings. He worked, at first, in a realist style that people found jarring, but then later moved to a more impressionist style. Liebermann also encouraged the separation of art and politics, saying that artists should do their own thing separate from the political opinions around them. His works include the 1870's pieces "Im Schwimmbad" and "Jesus In The Temple."