Oil on canvas
94 х 150
State Russian Museum
The son of a prosperous Hasidic merchant and the scion of an ancient rabbinical line, Isaac Asknazy had a religious upbringing. Over the course of his life, he frequently created genre scenes reflecting the everyday life and traditions of his people, which was unusual for academic art of the time.
Asknazy, Isaac Lvovich (1856, Drissa, Vitebsk Province— 1902, Moscow)
The painter Isaac Asknazy studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts, first as an occasional student and then full-time from 1874–1879. He was awarded minor silver medals (1874, 1875, 1877) and two major silver medals (1877) before graduating as afirst-class artist. Asknazy then worked in Germany and Italy for three years, during which time hestudied under Hans Makart in Rome. From 1881, he participated in exhibitions at the Imperial Academy of Arts, as well as the Exposition Universelle, Paris,in 1900 and, through the 1890s and early 1900s, at the St Petersburg Society of Artists, where he became a member in 1902.