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Wilhelm Wachtel

August 20, 2010

Lvov, Poland, 1875 – New York City, New York, United States of America, 1942

The painter, engraver and illustrator Wilhelm Wachtel studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was recognized for his artistic talent as a teenager and was included in exhibitions in Poland and Austria. His paintings were influenced by his religious background and the Zionist movement. Watchel moved to Israel in 1936. In 1942 he left for the US but died soon after his arrival there. Wachtel focused on portraits, Jewish and Zionist motifs and landscapes. He often uses muted earth tones, conveying a sense of warmth and history.

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