Hyman Bloom’s rabbi paintings

Rabbi with Torah II (#18) (1995-2005), oil on canvas by Hyman Bloom. Estate of Hyman Bloom.

Rabbi with Torah II (#18) (1995-2005), oil on canvas by Hyman Bloom. Estate of Hyman Bloom.

Writing in “Hyman Bloom’s Studio–Paintings and Drawings (1940-2005),” Richard McBee observes:

Menachem Wecker trenchantly observed upon reviewing the rabbi paintings in 2009… “The rabbis in Hyman Bloom’s paintings look like rabbis, dress like rabbis, and come with all the usual rabbinic accessories: beards, hats, kippahs and Torah scrolls. But don’t let that fool you… they aren’t real.” Rather they are “imaginary constructs…” Indeed they are barely concealed portraits of the archetypical Jew lurking inside the very contemporary Hyman Bloom.

Here’s the link to my full piece from 2009, titled “Hyman Bloom’s Unreal Rabbis.”

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