21 November 2001
Mark Gertler (1891-1939)
Head of a Rabbi
signed and dated '1913/M Gertler' (lower right)
charcoal on brown paper
9½ x 6¾ in. (24.1 x 17.1 cm.)
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The son of Austrian parents, Gertler was brought up in an East European Jewish ghetto and later, after they moved to London, the slums of Whitechapel. In 1913 he painted his major work, The Rabbi and His Grandchild (Southampton Art Gallery).
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