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Isidor Kaufmann

November 5, 2010

Arad, Hungary, 1854 – Vienna, Austria, 1921
“Since it was my conviction that the strength of every artist is rooted in his own people, I became a painter of Judaism with the vision of glorifying and exalting Judaism.” – Isidor Kaufmann

Isidor Kaufmann was a classical genre painter who traveled throughout Hungary, Austria, Romania and Poland to capture somber, affecting, detailed scenes of Hassidic life. He painted delicate portraits of many famous Rabbis, expertly capturing the aura, piety and nobility of their character. Kaufmann´s deep religious convictions allowed him a genuine and prodigious ability to create moving works about Shtel life, people and customs.

Kaufmann worked as a bank clerk until he was 21 when his talent was discovered Count Andrassy and he went to Vienna where he studied under Joseph Matthäus Aigner and Professor Trenkwald and attended the Vienna Academy. Kaufmann´s work is part of the permanent collections at the Tate Gallery in London, The Jewish Museum in New York and many other important institutions.

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