center green circular image of seven seated figures at a table with hanging lamp directly above; Hebrew script in silver pigment on outer edge of circle; four birds in black, green and silver ink in all four corners of outer image; silver background with black dots; green and black striped border with black and silver alternating pattern on outer border; small black lines on top and bottom of image

© Anatoli Luovitch Kaplan

A Joyous Repast, 1961-1962

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The prints of Russian artist Anatoli Kaplan bring to life the lost world of the Jewish shtetl (small village) in the Russian Empire before the Holocaust. Kaplan focused on the subject in his art despite religious repression in the Soviet Union, and following World War II, this became an even more central subject for the artist, as Jewish life and culture in Russia had been destroyed by the end of war. His celebrated series of lithographs Tevia the Milkman illustrates stories of the Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859–1916), whose 1894 book became well known through many theater productions in Europe and New York before becoming the basis for the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1964.

Details
Title
A Joyous Repast
Artist Life
1902–1980
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.124.9
Provenance
Art market, London ('Grosvenor Gallery) or Germany, to Karlen; Charlotte and Markle Karlen, St. Louis Park, Minn. (from '1966; sold to Dworsky); Shirley Dworsky, St. Paul, Minn. (until d. 2004); bequeathed to daughter, Shosh Susan Dworsky, St. Paul (2004-2017)
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center green circular image of seven seated figures at a table with hanging lamp directly above; Hebrew script in silver pigment on outer edge of circle; four birds in black, green and silver ink in all four corners of outer image; silver background with black dots; green and black striped border with black and silver alternating pattern on outer border; small black lines on top and bottom of image

© Anatoli Luovitch Kaplan

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