ISSACHAR RYBACK | ALEF BET
1897 - 1935
signed in Hebrew (lower right), stamped with the estate stamp (on the reverse)
executed in 1918-1919
gouache, tempera, brush and ink over pencil on paper
10⅝ by 15¾ in.
27 by 40 cm.
Please note this work is recorded in the Comité Ryback Catalogue raisonné website http://www.comite-ryback.org/Catalogue_Raisonne_Details.php?id=catalogueRaisonne2&page=2
This work is in very good condition. Not removed from frame.
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Estate of the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Born in the Ukraine in 1897, Ryback is generally regarded as an important contributor to the Jewish Art Movement in Russia. In 1918 he was one of the founders of the Kultur Lige's Art section which was aimed at developing the modern Jewish Yiddish culture in the Ukraine. Ryback, along with El Lissitzky who was also a member of the group, sought to develop a unique modern Jewish style combining the Russian Avant Garde style and its abstract forms with Jewish symbols, letters and illuminations.
This work is a study for a larger oil painting of the same name in the collection of the Ryback Museum, Bat Yam.