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American artists, Jewish images

"In the first extended work tracing the Jewish influences of fifteen major American artists, Matthew Baigell's American Artists, Jewish Images is a landmark chronicling the enormous contribution of Jewish artists to twentieth-century American art. Born over a fifty-year period, the artists in this volume represent several generations. Examining the work of such influential artists as Mark Rothko, Max Weber, and Ruth Weisberg, Baigell directly confronts their Jewish identity - as a religious, cultural, and psychological component of their lives - and explores the way in which this influence is reflected in their art." "Drawing upon their common heritage, Baigell reveals the different ways these artists responded to the Great Immigration, the Depression, the Holocaust, the founding of the state of Israel, and the rise of feminism. Each artist's varied Jewish experiences have contributed to the creation of a visual language and subject matter that reflect both Jewish assimilation and Jewish continuity in ways that inform modern Jewish history and changes in present-day America."--BOOK JACKET
Print Book, English, 2006
Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, N.Y., 2006