Emmanuel Mane-Katz (1894-1962) French/Ukrainian
Oil on board
6.75 x 5 in
initialed lower right, signed verso
Provenance Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Mane Katz was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Paris when he was 19. He became friends with Pablo Picasso and became of the key figures in the Jewish School of Paris. He is prolific for his work featuring Hassidic characters, rabbis, klezmer musicians, beggars, yeshiva students and scenes from the East European shtetl. In 1931, Mane-Katz’s painting, The Wailing Wall, was awarded a gold medal at the Paris World’s Fair. Before his death in 1962, Mane -Katz donated his personal collection of art work to the city of Haifa for the establishment of a Museum dedicated to his work. His work and legacy are still celebrated there and in Tzfat where a collection of his work was also donated.