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Chasidic Dance, from Yiddish Motifs

A work made of woodcut on japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut on japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper.




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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Todros Geller


Chasidic Dance, from Yiddish Motifs


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Woodcut on Japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper


Image: 11 × 9.2 cm (4 3/8 × 3 5/8 in.); Wood veneer sheet: 15.8 × 12.2 cm (6 1/4 × 4 13/16 in.); Sheet: 43 × 32.5 cm (16 15/16 × 12 13/16 in.)

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