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Jewish artists facing Holland

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The idea of the Jewish Rembrandt, quite common in the nineteenth century, was inferred from Rembrandt's long years of living in the Jodenbreestraat, among the Jews of Amsterdam, whom he used as models for his many depictions of "rabbis" and biblical figures. The painting resembles Rembrandt's work also in its psychological, refl ective attitude, as well as in its quest for self-identity and meaning. In the modern period, one artist in Holland, Jozef Israels (1824- 1911) from Groningen, can be seen to have embodied the ideal of the new Jewish artist. This chapter discusses two Jewish-German artists, Max Liebermann (1847 -1935) and Hermann Struck (1876-1944). Both spent long periods in Holland, attracted by its people, landscapes, and artistic tradition.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Hermann Struck; Holland; Jewish Rembrandt; Jewish-German artists; Max Liebermann



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