Isidor Kaufmann 1853-1921
N04464 Young Rabbi from N. c.1910
Inscribed 'Isidor Kaufmann' b.r.
Oil on panel, 15 x 10 7/8 (38 x 27.5)
Presented by Viscount Bearsted through the NACF 1929
Prov: Österreichische Galerie, Vienna, 1910; with Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Vienna, 1924; Viscount Bearsted, London
Exh: 36. Jahresausstellung des Wiener K?nstlerhauses, Vienna, 1910 (217); Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition, Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, June-July 1956 (53, repr.) as 'Rabbinical Scholar'; Max Liebermann 1847-1935, Isidor Kaufmann 1853-1921, Lesser Ury 1862-1931..., Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, November 1968 (36)
Repr: Hermann Menkes, Isidor Kaufmann (Vienna 1925), pl.10 in colour as 'Junger Rabbiner aus N.'; NACF: Twenty-Sixth Annual Report, 1929 (London 1930), p.46
This appeared in the Tate's 1934 Modern Foreign School Catalogue under the incorrect title 'The Teacher'; it has also been known as 'The Pupil' and 'The Rabbinical Scholar'. The sitter was a pupil of a then famous Rabbi in Sadgora, Poland. As it is actually forbidden for Orthodox Jews to have their images taken, either by photography or painting, special permission had to be obtained from the Chief Rabbi and it invariably took a very long time to finish a painting of this type as the persons concerned were only available when no service was taking place. (Information from the artist's son George Kaufmann, 5 January 1959).
The Österreichische Galerie handed over this picture to the dealers Kunstverlag Wolfrum in 1924 in part-exchange for another work.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.382-3, reproduced p.382