Maurice Minkowski (Polish/Israeli, 1881-1930) Jewish woman praying together in the original frame

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 27
Maurice Minkowski
(Polish/Israeli, 1881-1930)
Jewish woman praying together in the original frame

Sold for £ 22,500 (US$ 28,325) inc. premium
Maurice Minkowski (Polish/Israeli, 1881-1930)
Jewish woman praying
signed in Hebrew (lower right)
oil on canvas
98 x 99.5cm (38 9/16 x 39 3/16in).
together in the original frame

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    A private collection, Switzerland

    Born in 1888, Maurice Minkowski achieved recognition by chronicling Polish Jewish life during the last years of Czarist domination. Minkowski studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts between 1900 and 1904 under the tutelage of three of Poland's most distinguished artists: Ian Stanislwski, Leon Wyczolkowski and Jozef Mehoffer. He devoted his career to documenting the plight of the Eastern European Jew subjected to the injustices of war and pogroms.

    A recurring theme in his work is the Jew as the refugee, dislocated from his home as a result of the political and social upheaval of the time. Minkowski skilfully caught the mood of the people; their lack of hope and dim realisation of an unknown future. Richard Cohen noted 'often the facial expressions of these wondering Jews do not express anger or struggle but a gloominess that is tempered with a resignation to the victimisation'. Their suffering is tinged with calmness, a quiet surrender, perhaps mirroring Minkowski's personal physical barriers as deaf mute.

    Works by Minkowski are in several international museums housing important Jewish art, notably the Jewish Museum in New York and the Tel Aviv and Israel Museums. The largest extant collection of his paintings belongs to the Foundation IWO in Argentina, which miraculously survived the July 1994 terrorist bombing of the Association Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building in which they were housed.

    In 1930, Minkowski was in Buenos Aires for an exhibition of his works at a local gallery. It was the first stop on a trip which included visits to Brazil, the United States, and Canada. Apparently he had planned, after returning to Poland, to eventually travel to Palestine. However, his life was tragically cut short when he died in a traffic accident.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    R. Cohen, Jewish Icons, Art and Society in Modern Europe, (Los Angeles, 1998), p.245

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the preferential rate of 5% VAT on the hammer price does not apply to this lot.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.