Paintings on Judaica by Eduard Gurevich: From the European Shtetlekh to Jerusalem

On Art and Aesthetics

Eduard Gurevich

Born in 1947 in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, Israeli painter Eduard Gurevich has been depicting “Judaica” – Jewish life, traditions, customs and habits – for over twenty years. His hometown Dnepropetrovsk is the place where the renowned Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the Orthodox Hasidic spiritual leader, had spent time as a boy.

The artist presents the Jewish experience across Europe and Israel through weddings, birthdays, market places, musical gatherings, ritual observances and material objects like tallits and Torah scrolls. Painted in a style that brings to mind the works of Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, several pieces are set in the “shtetlekh” (singular “shtetl”) of countries like Poland and the Netherlands. Shtetl is the Yiddish word for the small towns of large Jewish populations that existed in Europe (particularly central and eastern) prior to the Holocaust. Two notable painters who have similarly been associated with life in the…

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