Salon Paintings of the Leo Baeck Institute

This portrait of the children of an upper-middle class Jewish family was painted in the 1920s by Adolf Ziegler, who would eventually become president of the Nazi Chamber of Art in 1936.

Over the course of nearly 50 years, the Leo Baeck Institute has acquired a vast collection of artwork, consisting primarily of paintings representing aspects of the life and culture of German-speaking Jewry in the 18th through the 20th centuries.

For the first time, a selection of these paintings will be on display in an atmosphere reminiscent of 19th century European salons.

The exhibit will showcase works of such prominent artists as Max Liebermann, Lesser Ury, Julius Schulein, as well as works by artists who did not necessarily rise to prominence. The paintings evoke the contemporary Zeitgeist as well as the ever-changing status of the Jewish population. The portraits, domestic scenes, countrysides and religious themes reflect the aura of the times and the perceptions of the artists. In addition, artifacts from the Leo Baeck Institute archives will be on display in order to place the exhibition within a historical context.

December 11, 2003 through May 13, 2004 at Leo Baeck Institute

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