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Ink on paper drawing of a rabbi by Samuel Zajdensztadt
This is an ink on paper drawing of a rabbi by the Polish/Israeli artist Samuel Zajdensztadt / Zaidenstadt (Poland, 1903 - 1990). It is pencil signed S. Zajdensztadt. The word "Tel Aviv" appear below the signature. In some of his drawings the last name is spelled as Zaidenstadt. The frame is 16-1/4" by 19-1/2" in size.
Born in Nowogród (Poland, Lomza district), Samuel Zajdensztadt was the son of a “melamed” (teacher of Hebrew language and religion). After he started to paint at a young age, he went on to leave Poland at 18 and stayed in the Soviet Union until the end of World War II. From 1946 to 1948 he lived in Italy where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. He then moved to Paris in 1948 before emigrating to Israel. In January 1950 he participated in an exhibition of new immigrant painters held by the “Painters' and Sculptors' Association in Israel ” and also showed his works in 1953 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Between 1954 and 1961 he lived in South America, notably in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and took part in exhibitions held in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santa Fe and Rio de Janeiro. Two of his works are now in the collections of national museums in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Back in Europe, he lived in Rome between 1963 and 1974 and then in Antwerp until 1983. He exhibited his works in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Switzerland and returned in 1983 to Israel where he spent his last years. Mainly inspired by Jewish life throughout the 20th century, his paintings depicted subjects ranging from religious and rural life in the Polish shtetl where he was born, to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the new Jewish State in Israel.
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