Maxwell Street, Chicago, from Yiddish Motifs

A work made of woodcut in black ink on japanese wood veneer paper, laid down on ivory laid paper with letterpress in black ink.

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  • A work made of woodcut in black ink on japanese wood veneer paper, laid down on ivory laid paper with letterpress in black ink.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Todros Geller
American, born Ukraine, 1889-1949

About this artwork

Geller’s Yiddish Motifs portfolio depicts scenes of Jewish identity and daily life in a series of seven woodcuts printed on Japanese wood veneer paper, an unusual paper choice, given that it was typically used for decorative purposes. Maxwell Street was a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on the city’s Near West Side, known for its large outdoor bazaar, sadly dismantled in the 1990s by development. These prints show a crowded marketplace, a vendor at work, a student in deep concentration, and a pair of street musicians. The Yiddish Motifs portfolio was a great success, with the entire edition selling out in just three weeks.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Todros Geller

Title

Maxwell Street, Chicago, from Yiddish Motifs

Origin

United States

Date

1926

Medium

Woodcut in black ink on Japanese wood veneer paper, laid down on ivory laid paper with letterpress in black ink

Dimensions

272 × 253 mm (image); 304 × 273 mm (wood veneer paper); 430 × 326 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Reference Number

1930.113

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