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"Rabbi of Prague" by Jack Levine, Amer., (1915-2010)
Drypoint and Etching,1965-1966, ed. 100 plus10-20 Artist's Proofs, P.&P. 36, 8-3/4 x 6, on B. F. K. Rives paper, signed and numbered in pencil, printed by Emiliano Sorini, New York. Faint mat line and pale trace of glue verso at margin edges, not visible recto. Levine placed the Rabbi next to an arched window with a view of the city's belfry and its two clocks, one with Roman numerals and the other with Hebrew characters. The Gothic structure in the distance is believed to be one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. Known for his biting political and social satire, Jewish religious themes were also important to Jack Levine, as they were to his life long friend, and fellow progenitor of Boston Expressionism, the painter Hyman Bloom.