Fine Art

This painting is based on a snapshot showing the Schwartz men on their way to synagogue in the 1940s

Chicago artist Howard Schwartz combines the past and the present in mixed media portraits inspired by his family story, a story that, like that of many Chicago families, begins its American chapter

This painting by an Israeli artist takes its name from a chain of fortifications built by Israel along the Suez Canal after the 1967 Six-Day War

Yigael Tumarkin was born in 1933 in Dresden, Germany and grew up in Mandate Palestine.

This painting by a Chicago artist is an homage to Mondrian’s paintings of the same name

Vera Klement was born to Russian Jewish immigrants in The Free City of Danzig (today, Gdansk, Poland) in 1929.

In this painting a French artist invented a Middle Eastern scene in his European studio

The French Academic artist Auguste-Alexandre Hirsch (1833-1912) achieved success with his paintings of Orientalist subject matter.

"When I paint I am dreaming. When the dream is over I can’t remember what I dreamt but the picture is there. It is the fruit of the dream."

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Vienna on December 15, 1928 to a Jewish mother and Catholic father.

The artist Irving Petlin was born in Chicago in 1934 to parents from Eastern Europe and raised in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

In Petlin’s body of work he returns again and again to certain resonant objects and figures, recalled or imagined, in order to see them again from new perspectives and discover alternate meanings.

In this painting a Chicago artist depicts Eastern European folklore

In Eastern Europe, legend had it that during a cholera epidemic if two orphans would marry in a cemetery then their dead parents might intercede to stop the epidemic.

In this grand hanukkiah, German-born artist Benno Elkan depicted the five Maccabean brothers (left to right) Eliezer, Jonathan, Judah, Simeon, and Jochanan.

This hanukkiah depicts Judah Maccabee, shown holding a hammer, flanked by his brothers, Jonathan (as philosopher) and Simeon (as a king).

This portfolio of woodcut prints was created by a group of progressive Jewish artists from Chicago in support of Biro-Bidjan, an autonomous Jewish region in Siberia.

In 1934, a Jewish autonomous region was established in Biro-Bidjan (sometimes spelled Birobidzhan), Siberia.

In this series of prints, Chicago-born artist David Bennett depicts biblical subjects with a graphic energy and drama that brings biblical sagas to life.

Born in Chicago in 1941, Bennett went on to attend Harvard University, where he studied English literature and opera.