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“Lamentations” By Emmanuel Mané-Katz

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Emmanuel Mané-Katz was a Russian born artist, who was famous for depictions of the Jewish shtetl. The artist moved to Paris during the Civil war. There he took part in the art movement known as the School of Paris. Furthermore, due to participation of many Jewish artists in this movement, Jewish School of Paris was founded. Brighter colors in his later artistic period substituted more somber tints. “Lamentations” has rich intense paints, that form the depth of the work. The artist shows the spiritual tension.


The plot can be determined easily, the topic of the work is challenging and worrying. The book of Lamentations expresses the despair and suffering from the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 BCE. This book is a part of the Ketuvim (“Writings”) as one of the Five Megillot (Five Scrolls) alongside the Song of SongsBook of RuthEcclesiastes and the Book of Esther

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The dark grey and black background causes the focus on the bright face and the flame. It seams like thoughts of the man are so profound and emotional, that the fire that comes from him intensifies. Moreover, closed eyes and the slightly bowed head tell about internal concentration. One of the arm directs upward calling to G-d and asking for help. The painting encourages contemplation and lamentations on the sorrows of life. Also, it promotes inner peace, as it depicts the dialog and the active channel of interaction with the Lord. Spectators feel the power of the hero’s faith. Flame can be seen as a symbol of the divine presence.

Kings gallery has collection of works by Emmanuel Mané-Katz. Singnificantly, the artist won a gold medal at the Paris World’s Fair in 1931 with his painting “The Wailing Wall”. Mané-Katz’s actual home was Paris, however, spiritual one was always the Land of Israel.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. The gallery specializes primarily in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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