Ephraim Moses Lilien
Moshe Ephraim Lilien
|Field||Illustrator and Print-maker|
|Training||Academy of Arts in Kraków
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Ephraim Moses Lilien (flower pot) was born in Drohobycz, Galicia in 1874. In 1889-1893 Lilien learned painting and graphic techniques at the Academy of Arts in Kraków. He studied under Polish painter Jan Matejko from 1890 to 1892.
Lilien was one of the two artists to accompany Boris Schatz to Eretz Israel in 1906 for the purpose of establishing Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and taught the school's first class in 1906. Although his stay in the country was short-lived, he left his indelible stamp on the creation of an Eretz Israel style, placing biblical subjects in the Zionist context and oriental settings, conceived in an idealized Western design. In the first two decades of the century, Lilien's work served as a model for the Bezalel group.
Lilien is known for his famous photographic portrait of Theodor Herzl. He often used Herzl as a model, considering his features a perfect representation of the "New Jew." In 1896, he received an award for photography from the avantgarde magazine Jugend. Lilien illustrated several books. In 1923, an exhibition of his work opened in New York.
Lilien's illustrated books include Juda (1900), Biblically-themes poetry by Lilien's Christian friend, Börries Freiherr von Münchausen, and Lieder des Ghetto (Songs of the Ghetto) (1903), Yiddish poems by Morris Rosenfeld translated into German.
Death and commemoration
- Ephraim Lilien collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved April 2012
- "Ephraim Moses Lilien". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
- Moses Art of Ephraim Moses Lilien at Europeana. Retrieved February 2012
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