ILYA SCHOR | HASSIDIC FIGURES, “DIG, DANCE, AND DAVEN”
1904 - 1961
HASSIDIC FIGURES, “DIG, DANCE, AND DAVEN”
signed I. Schor (lower right)
pen and ink and gouache on parchment paper cutout on gold underlay
sight, 8¼ x 11⅞ in.
21 x 30 cm
Not examined out of the frame. The central painting is surrounded by a cut-out border over a gold underlay. The sheet appears to be in overall good condition aside from minor surface dirt and dust, pinpoint losses to the gouache, and some minor losses or rubbings in the gold leaf. The top sheet, given its delicate nature, appears to be an overall very good condition, aside from rippling throughout. Framed and ready to hang in its current state.
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According to the previous owner, this work was executed for close friends of the artist whose coat-of-arms were "Dig, Dance and Daven." This motto reflected their love of gardening, dancing and prayer and is the subject of the central panel. The border is comprised of cut-out flowers, birds and dancing Hassidic men. Additionally, there are roundels throughout the border depicting synagogue scenes, dancers, musicians and gardeners. The delicately rendered cut-out is made more brilliant by the underlying gold background.
According to Mira Schor, the artist's daughter, this work was executed in the mid-1950s.