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Holy Emissary, from Yiddish Motifs

Woodcut of a man's face in profile, his gaze cast toward the lower-right corner of the print, which is darkened.

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  • Woodcut of a man's face in profile, his gaze cast toward the lower-right corner of the print, which is darkened.

Date:

1926

Artist:

Todros Geller
American, born Russia (now 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

Holy Emissary, from Yiddish Motifs

Origin

United States

Date

1926

Medium

Woodcut on Japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper

Dimensions

105 × 90 mm (image); 158 × 120 mm (wood veneer paper); 430 × 325 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Reference Number

1930.115

Extended information about this artwork

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