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Jakob Steinhardt

Cabinet Exhibition at the Rafael Roth Learning Center of the Jewish Museum Berlin


Jakob Steinhardt, Jacob and Esau, 1950, woodcut, 32,8 x 47,4 cm
© Jewish Museum Berlin, acquisition funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin

The painter and graphic artist Jakob Steinhardt, born in 1887 in the city of Zerkow in Posen, ranks among the most important German-Jewish artists of the 20th century. He achieved an artistic breakthrough before World War I with work influenced by early expressionism. Two decades later, just after Hitler seized power, he left Berlin with his wife and daughter, emigrating to Palestine, which was under British administration. As an internationally acclaimed artist, Steinhardt became an influential teacher there.

Jakob Steinhardt, Sabbat im Städtchen, 1923, Holzschnitt aquarellisiert, 48,3 x 56 cm, © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Ankauf aus Mitteln der Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin

Jakob Steinhardt, Sabbath in the village, 1923, woodcut aquarellisiert, 48,3 x 56 cm
© Jewish Museum Berlin, acquisition funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin possesses the largest cohesive Steinhardt collection in the world, including numerous graphic artworks and an extensive array of unpublished documents donated by Josefa Bar-On Steinhardt, the artist's daughter. Over the years, the museum has also acquired a number of paintings, several hundred print graphics, and a collection of books illustrated by the artist.


24 September 2003 - 31 January 2004


Jewish Museum Berlin, Libeskind Building, Rafael Roth Learning Center

On the occasion of the 80th birthday of Josefa Bar-On Steinhardt, the Jewish Museum is pleased to present a selection of work and documents from its holdings.

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