ARTISTS
Adolf Adler

ADOLF ADLER

Adolf Adler (1917-1996) is a Romanian Jewish painter known for his figure, genre and landscape paintings and his aching images of the Holocaust realized in oil, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, and felt-tipped pen. Adler was born in the ancient Hungarian city of Satu-Mare in Northern Transylvania (now Romania) on the eve of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He began painting as a youth and moved with his family in 1936 to Cluj where he studied painting under Professor Mohi Sandor (1902-1974).

 

During the Second World War, Adler was deported by the Hungarians in 1942 to a forced labor camp in Ukraine. Escaping to Russia in 1944, he was imprisoned by the Soviets. Following his release in 1945, he returned to Cluj to find most of his family had perished in Auschwitz. The next year, Adler married and began exhibiting his work. In 1947, he became a member of the artists’ union and the following year, was granted advanced standing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cluj. He graduated with honors in 1950 and served as a teaching assistant there from 1952 to 1958. The Romanian government bought some of his paintings, which were still on display at the Museum of Art in Cluj into the ‘70s.

 

In 1963, among several notable artists, Adler immigrated with his wife and two daughters to Israel. There he reconnected with his older brother after a 25-year separation and was accepted into the Israeli Painters and Sculptors Association in 1964. Adler continued to portray the experiences of the Jews of Eastern Europe and for decades exhibited his paintings and drawings across Israel and around the world. In 1984, a retrospective of his work was held in Rishon Le Zion where he lived until his death in 1996.

 

Adler’s works continue to be represented at Yad Vashem’s museum of art, the world’s largest collection of artwork created by victims of Nazi occupation from 1933 to 1945. His works have also been auctioned at Sloan’s Auction House in Maryland and Karrenbauer Auction House in Germany.

AWARDS

1978 Nordau Prize for Art, Tel Aviv

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1946-1948 Cluj, Romania.

1975 Yad Lebanim Museum, Petach-Tikvah, Israel.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

1946, 1949, 1951-55 Cluj, Romania

1947-48, 1950-55 Bucharest, Romania

1949 Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania

1950 Moscow, USSR

1955 Prague, Czechoslovakia

1955 Budapest, Hungary

1966 Helena Rubinstein Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

1969 Safrai Gallery, Boston, MA

1970 Bushkill Gallery, Long Island, NY

1974 Yad Lebanim Museum, Petach-Tikvah, Israel

1975 AlHarizi, Tel Aviv, Israel

1981 Centre Du Rachis, Paris

1981 La Galerie Aleph, Marseille

1981 Docstel Gallery, Abingdon, UK

WORKS

DROP OF WATER: GIRL

These haunting paintings by Adolf Adler have become icons of the suffering of the Jews of Eastern Europe. The boy, and his counterpart the girl, dramatically evoke the destruction of the Jewish way of life there, the wrenching pathos of the great heritage lost as the trains carried away their children, their future. These two masterworks of Adolf Adler are emblematic of contemporary 20th-century Jewish artwork. Painted together in 1962, these images have been used in many places in Israel for Holocaust memorials and for Adler, whose work has shown in Israel and around the world.

 

These two original paintings were exhibited in Yad-Vashem for many years starting in 1986 and returned to the family in the early ‘90s. ArtéQuesta has the original exhibition documents in Hebrew. These are treasures of Jewish history.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 43.25 x 28.25 in

DROP OF WATER: BOY

These haunting paintings by Adolf Adler have become icons of the suffering of the Jews of Eastern Europe.  The boy, and his counterpart the girl, dramatically evoke the destruction of the Jewish way of life there, the wrenching pathos of the great heritage lost as the trains carried away their children, their future.

 

These two masterworks of Adolf Adler are emblematic of contemporary 20th-century Jewish artwork.  Painted together in 1962, these images have been used in many places in Israel for Holocaust memorials and for Adler, whose work has shown in Israel and around the world. These two original paintings were exhibited in Yad-Vashem for many years starting in 1986 and returned to the family in the early ‘90s.   ArtéQuesta has the original exhibition documents in Hebrew. These are treasures of Jewish history.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 33.9 x 25.6 in

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