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Austrian artist, born at Drohobicz, Galicia, in 1874. Lilien's artistic inclinations became evident early in life. He was apprenticed to a sign-maker, with whom he worked in return for meager board, and subsequently attended the academies of art in Cracow and Munich. He later moved to Berlin. At first Lilien's work was deficient in individuality. Even "Der Zöllner von Klausen," one of the most admired of his earlier works is vague, colorless, and feeble. Lilien began with the illustration of books and newspapers, but soon pushed himself to the front. A number of his earlier efforts appeared in the "Jugend" and in the "Vorwärts." The best and most characteristic of his work is to be found in the book "Juda" (1900), which contains his "Jesaia," "Passach," and "Sodom's Ruinen." He illustrated also the "Lieder des Ghetto" of Morris Rosenfeld (1903). His "Gedenkblatt des Fünften Zionisten-Kongresses in Basel" has attracted wide attention.
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Lilien, Ephraim Mose, 1874-1925: Oriental Jew, Reading, 20th century, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 78.679.
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