In the Synagogue by Alfred Wolmark

A Jew in ceremonial robes sits alone at the front of a synagogue, his hand on his forehead and eyes closed in a pose of profound contemplation.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
106.5 x 88 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,200 ( Total: £26,800)
Acquired in:
2012
Vendor:
Sotheby's

The sombre composition is typical of Wolmark’s early career, depicting a Jewish subject in a style influenced heavily by Rembrandt. Wolmark was Britain’s first major migrant Jewish artist. Born in Warsaw but moving to England as a child, he anglicised his birth name of Aaron to Alfred during his training at the Royal Academy. His sitters were often drawn from his own neighbourhood in the East End of London, fellow Jews whom he paid to sit for him.

Provenance

Artist's family; Fine Art Society; Marton Braun.

Venue details

Ben Uri: Art. Identity. Migration 108A Boundary Road, London London NW8 0RH 020 7604 3991 www.benuri.org.uk

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