Mané-Katz (French/Ukrainian, 1962)

Mané-Katz (French/Ukrainian, 1894–1962) was an Expressionist painter known for his scenes of Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Born Mane Leyzerovich Kats in Kremenchug in Ukraine, Mané-Katz studied at the Kiev School of Fine Arts, and then moved to France at 19, where he befriended artists such as Pablo Picasso, and became associated with the School of Paris. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, he briefly returned to Russia, and later exhibited a Cubist work in St. Petersburg.

Initially, his style was classical and somber, but, over time, his palette changed to include bright, bold colors. He increasingly focused on Jewish themes, depicting rabbis, musicians, yeshiva students, and Hassidic figures. He also executed a number of landscapes and floral still lifes.

Mané-Katz made his first trip to Palestine in 1928, and made annual trips there beginning in 1948. In 1931, Mané-Katz’s painting, The Wailing Wall, won a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle. During the Second World War, Mané-Katz fled Nazi-occupied France for New York, where he produced sculptures as well as paintings.

The artist died in Tel Aviv, and left many of his works to the town of Haifa, where a museum was created to house the collection.

Timeline

1894
Born Mane Leyzerovich Kats in Kremenchuk, Ukraine
1910
School of Decorative arts, Mirgorod, Ukraine
1911
School of Fine arts, Kiev, Ukraine
1913
Moved to Paris, France
1927
Obtained French citizenship
1931
Awarded a gold medal at the Paris World's Fair, Paris, France
1962
Died in Haifa, Israel

Exhibitions

2008
Matsart - Auctioneers and Appraisers: Israeli and International Art, Lucien Krief Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2005
Autumn Salon 2005, Stern Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2002
Obras maestras de la pintura europea. Colección Rau, Museo Nacional de Colombia, Santafé de Bogota, Columbia
1961
Paintings and Sculpture By Mane-Katz, Gallery Wildenstein, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Britain, London, UK
Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel