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Ein Jude

Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection

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Following earlier visits, Jankel Adler arrived in Paris in 1933, where he worked alongside the printmaker Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17. He can be seen as part of a ‘second wave’ of artists from Russia who was drawn west to Germany, then France.

His etching brings a modernist technique to a traditional subject. 'Ein Jude' which refers specifically to his Jewish identity combines modernist aspects – flattened and geometric forms and enlarged hands – with the archetypal image of the bearded eastern European shtetl Jew, reminiscent of the main protagonist of 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum





etching on paper


H 44.5 x W 34.7 cm

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purchased from Peter Gidal and his mother, 2008

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Ben Uri Gallery & Museum

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