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Image number
LBI6340729
Title
Portrait of Al Smith, 1928 (etching, ink on paper)
Artist
Struck, Hermann (1876-1944) / German
Location
Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History, NY, USA
Medium
etching, ink on paper
Date
1928 AD (C20th AD)
Dimensions
34.5x26 cms
Description
The American politician Alfred Emanuel "Al" Smith (1873 -1944) was four times elected Governor of New York State and the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928.;Hermann Struck was born Chaim Aaron ben David in 1876 in Germany. He is best known as a master etcher, lithographer and early Zionist. He studied for five years at the Berlin Academy and in 1908 wrote Die Kunst des Radierens (The Art of Etching), while mentoring artists such as Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and Lesser Ury. His art was included in an exhibition at the Fifth Zionist Congress and he helped establish the religious Zionist movement called Mizrachi. Struck was an Orthodox Jew but believed that culture and religion could thrive cooperatively in Israel. He immigrated to Haifa where he created an artistic community and participated in the development of the Tel Aviv Museum and the Bezalel art school in Jerusalem. He died in 1944.
Photo credit
© Leo Baeck Institute / Photo © Leo Baeck Institute / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
/ smith / alfred emanuel / politicians / nineteen twenties / men / portraits
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