Jacob Kramer Jews at Prayer c.1919

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Artist
Jacob Kramer 1892–1962
Title
Jews at Prayer
Date c.1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 876 x 498 mm
frame: 955 x 576 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1975
Reference
T01973
Not on display

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Kramer was born in Ukraine but settled in Leeds, Yorkshire. There he became a part of a group centred around the modern art collector, Sir Michael Sadler.Here he shows Jewish men at prayer in traditional clothes. The theme may reflect his belief that the Jewish artist should be able to turn to ‘his own people’ for support. Kramer uses the style of dress to emphasise his simplification of the figures. He wrote: ‘The degree of expression in a work of art is the measure of its greatness. A spiritual discernment is more essential than the reproduction of the obvious.’

July 2007

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