Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon (French, 1831-1897) Shema Yisrael

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Lot 95
Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon
(French, 1831-1897)
Shema Yisrael

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 22,126) inc. premium
Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon (French, 1831-1897)
Shema Yisrael
signed 'Ed Brandon' (lower left)
oil on canvas
27 x 22.5cm (10 5/8 x 8 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon, also known as Jacob Émile Édouard Pereijra, was born in Bordeaux, France, to parents of Sephardic Jewish descent. He studied under Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, before leaving for Rome in 1856, where he became acquainted with Edgar Degas. Returning to France in 1863, his previously Christian choice of subject matter in his Salon works shifted towards Jewish themes, highlighting the cultural importance of Jewish heritage in France.

    In the present lot, a Rabbi appears to be in a synagogue, reciting the Shema prayer and raising a tallit prayer shawl in his left hand. The Shema prayer is a section of the Torah, said morning and evening, and often considered to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism. Additionally, the term Shema Yisrael is more broadly used as a declaration of faith.

    For a similar composition, see Matsart Gallery, Tel Aviv, 30 November 2008, lot 140, which depicts an almost identical Rabbi figure, also holding up a tallit in his left hand, standing before a small desk inside a synagogue.
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