Jakob Steinhardt was a painter and woodcut artist. Most of his works depicted biblical and Jewish subjects. He studied at the Berlin School of Art and traveled to Paris and Italy. He studied with Lovis Corinth, Hermann Struck, and Henri Matisse. In 1912, he co-founded the group ‘Die Pathetiker’ ['The Exponents of New Pathos'], together with Ludwig Meidner, and Richard Janthur, which had its first group show at the Sturm Gallery a year later. Steinhardt served in the German Army during World War I and later married Minni Gumpert in 1922. The couple fled from Nazi Germany to Palestine in 1933. In 1934, he taught at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem and served as director from 1954-1957.
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Steinhardt, Jacob: Jacob Steinhardt : Self-portrait, Leo Baeck Institute, 2004.36.