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Jewish Art History

Greatest Jewish Achievements in Modern Art

This interactive timeline introduces the most important achievements by Jewish
artists in the last 150 years and connects them to the historical events occurring
at the same time.
Jewish focused artist pages

In this new section, we analyze from a Jewish perspective themes of Rothko's work
such as his Russian-Jewish heritage, his connections to New York City's Jewish
Community, his approach to abstract art, and his handing of the Holocaust.

About Art Story Foundation and the Jewish Modern Art Initiative

We are a non-profit with the mission to make modern art more accessible and digestible to the general public by providing information that is easy-to-understand, professionally designed, and logically presented. Through our online resources and live lectures, we continue to allow more people to enjoy modern and contemporary art.

We see modern art as the creative expression of, and the public reaction to, the 20th century. Modern art created by the Jewish people adds a further layer of association to the modern world. Jewish artists express their ideas and their place in the world through their art. The last century was a time of historical, political and social events that revolutionized the way Jewish people relate to their community and the rest of the world. Our goal is to look at those artistic reactions and see what Jews of the 21st century have to learn from, and how they can relate to, previous generations.

This Jewish Art initiative fits into the mission of The Art Story Foundation: educate, inform, and introduce people to modern art. The Art Story brings Jewish modern art and ideas to the Jewish audience, growing our appreciation and understanding of the world around us.

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Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian-born, Jewish-French artist that reached great popularity during the 20th century. Although his art is associated with several movements, Chagall is commonly grouped in with the German Expressionists. Much of his early work was credited with synthesizing visual elements of Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism.

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse was a major New York artist whose sculpture, assemblage, and installation brought issues of feminism and the body into Minimalism's formal vocabulary. She is heralded as one of the quintessential Post-Minimalist artists.

Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner was an American abstract painter and a prominent first-generation Abstract Expressionist. A student of Hans Hofmann's, and a pioneer in the all-over technique of painting that later influenced color-field artists such as Frankenthaler, Louis, and her husband Jackson Pollock.

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt was an American artist commonly associated with the Minimalist and Conceptual movements. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with the likes of Rauschenberg, Johns and Stella, and his work was included in the famous 1966 exhibit Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum. LeWitt's art often employed simple geometric forms and archetypal symbols, and he worked in a variety of media.

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was an American painter and a pioneer of the Pop art movement. His signature reproductions of comic book imagery eventually redefined how the art world viewed high vs. lowbrow art. Lichtenstein employed a unique form of painting called the Benday dot technique, in which small, closely-knit dots of paint were applied to form a much larger image.

Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman was an Abstract Expressonist painter in New York who painted large-scale fields of solid color, interrupted by vertical lines or "zips." His sometimes narrow or boxy canvases, part painting and part sculpture, were influential for Minimalism.

Man Ray

Man Ray was an American artist in Paris whose photograms, objects, drawings, and other works played an important role in Dada, Surrealism, modern photography, and avant-garde art at large.

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko was an Abstract Expressionist painter whose early interest in mythic landscapes gave way to mature works featuring large, hovering blocks of color on colored grounds.

Richard Serra

Richard Serra is an American Process and Minimalist artist. His sculptures have ranged from hurled drips of molten lead to gigantic steel pieces installed in public places.

Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer who published the pioneering journal Camera Work. His gallery 291 was a locus for modern artists in America.