Page 38 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

Basic HTML Version

interesting description of Jewish life and ar t in addition to the
presentation of the history of Jewish ar t from its beginnings to
the present. From the pen of the same author came a superbly
begotten volume on
the Jews and the Bible
, translated
from the German by Felix N. Gerson (Philadelphia, The Jewish
Publication Society of America, 1946). I t deals largely with those
aspects of the ar t is t’s life and work which have a direct bearing
upon his relation to the Jews and to their Bible. Among contempo-
rary Jewish artists Marc Chagall, no doubt, occupies a significant
place. He and his ar t were made the subject of two publications
which appeared during the year.
Marc Chagall
by James Johnson
Sweeney (New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1946) consists of
ninety-six plates plus three in full color and a definitive study of
the great and colorful painter. Lionello Ventury in his
(New York, Pierre Matisse, 1945) also presents an exposi-
tion with illustrations, of the work of the eminent contemporary
Jewish artist. In
The art of Max Band
(Los Angeles, Borden,
1945) Arthur Miller offers an interpretation of some examples of
the work of a noted painter. In the series of monographs issued
by the American Artists Group, there appeared several interesting
publications dealing with the work of distinguished American
Jewish artists.
Max Weber
is the subject of Monograph No. 4
(New York, 1945). I t contains an essay by the artist on the
purpose of ar t and reproductions of many of his paintings, as well
as of some sculpture. Monograph No. 12 is devoted to
(New York, Tudor Pub. Co. 1945). I t contains the ar tis t ’s
brief autobiography and reproductions of some of his paintings,
water-colors and drawings.
William Zorach
is the subject of
Monograph No. 15 (New York, Tudor Pub. Co., 1946). I t in-
eludes a brief autobiographical sketch, together with reproductions
of his sculpture and drawings.
Problems which confront the welfare of the Jews everywhere
occupy much of the attent ion of various national Jewish organiza-
tions. They often formulate and implement policies affecting the
position of the Jews in the affairs of nations. Often these policies
assume the form of definite recommendations for action. In
Toward peace and equity
(New York, 1946) the American Jewish
Committee brings up to date the recommendations it made to the
United Nations Conference on International Organization, em-
bodied in
To the counsellors of peace
(New York, 1945). The