( 17.06.1894 - 08.09.1962)
Emmanuel Mané-Katz was a French-Ukrainian painter is known for his gestural paintings of Jewish life.
The artist employed loosely gestural brushstrokes and rich colors in his paintings of rabbis, landscapes, and musicians.
Born Mane Leyzerovich Kats on June 17, 1894 in Kremenchuk, Ukraine to an orthodox Jewish family, though his father hoped he would become a rabbi, Mané-Katz moved to Paris in 1913 to attend the École des Beaux-Arts.
In France, he befriended Pablo Picasso and Chaim Soutine, while transitioning from a more academic somber style to a brighter more expressive technique. The artist returned Ukraine after the outbreak of World War I, and stayed during the Russian Revolution.
Upon returning to Paris in 1921, Mané-Katz began painting images culled from his time living in Eastern European shtetls. He made his first trip to Palestine to visit Jerusalem in 1928, and made annual trips there nearly every year after. Though he had obtained French citizenship in 1927, the artist was forced to flee the Nazi invasion to the United States during World War II. Mané-Katz spent the remainder of his career travelling between Israel and France, before his death on September 8, 1962 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Mané-Katz Museum in Haifa, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.
His oil-on-canvas Wedding (1960–62) sold for $228,149 at auction in 2013.