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A devoted art fan in the Bay Area has this year produced four fine, very high quality calendars featuring vintage artwork. Each is spiral bound, printed on very heavy stock, oversized, and enclosed in a handsome clear-view sleeve. This one features 12 fine black and white plates from Die Bucher Der Bibel, 1923, published in Berlin. I have a copy of his 1923 book Lieder des Ghetto in my collection, and have always enjoyed Lilien's work. His classical style reminds me of Charles Robinson and his brother Thomas Heath Robinson, circa 1890-1920.
Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874–1925) was an art nouveau illustrator and printmaker particularly noted for his art on Jewish themes. He is sometimes called the "first Zionist artist." He was born in 1874, in Drohobycz, Galicia, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1889-1893 Lilien learned painting and graphic techniques at the Academy of Arts in Kraków. He studied under Polish painter Jan Matejko from 1890 to 1892.
Lilien attended the Fifth Zionist Congress, held in Basel, as a member of the Democratic Fraction, an opposition group that supported the development of secular national culture. In 1905, at the Seventh Zionist Congress, in Basel, he, along with Boris Schatz, became a member of a committee formed to help establish the Bezalel Art School. As part of that work he accompanied Schatz to Jerusalem.
Lilien was one of the two artists to accompany Boris Schatz to what is now Israel in 1906 for the purpose of establishing Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and taught the school's first class in 1906. Although his stay in the country was short-lived, he left his indelible stamp on the creation of an Eretz Israel style, placing biblical subjects in the Zionist context and oriental settings, conceived in an idealized Western design. In the first two decades of the century, Lilien's work served as a model for the Bezalel group.
The publisher has done these as print-on-demand items, and as such the total run on these will be less than 50 copies. Other than his friends and a local store or two in the San Francisco Bay Area, these are exclusively available from us.
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Item Code EML19 Publisher Calligraphics Publish Date 2018 Print Status Out of Print Binding Wirebound Dimensions 13x19 # Pages 24pg Color b&w