Judaic Art At The Next Hermitage Fine Art
Auction – 27 & 28 October In Monaco

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- OCTOBER 27 (Russian art & history)
- OCTOBER 28 (Fine Art)

Auction house born in 2017 and based in Monaco, Hermitage Fine Art aims at contributing to the Monegasque cultural scene by preserving history and culture of every country and background.

The upcoming Russian Art and Fine Art auctions on 27 and 28 October 2020, will feature Judaic art at

The lots at the auction range from objects of worship (lot 137) a Russian sterling silver Hanukkah lamp belonging to the first half of the XX century, or beautiful paintings executed by well-known Jewish artists like the avant-garde painter David Shterenberg (1881-1948), Simka Semkhovitch (1885-1949), the social realist Moses Soyer (1899-1974) and some others.

Russian sterling silver Hanukkah lamp
Lot 28
Girl in red, 1937
Oil on canvas
SIMKA SIMKHOVITCH (1885-1949) Girl in red, 1937
Defined by A.V. Lunacharsky as «a decisive modernist» and «an honest man», David Shterenberg was a Soviet artist born to a modest Jewish family in Zhytomyr. He took an active part in the defense of Zhytomyr during the three-day pogroms, after which he was forced to leave the Russian Empire. He lived briefly in Vienna, and then moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Académie Vitti with the famous Kees van Dongen, one of the leading figures of Fauvism. During this period, he made several trips to Russia but did not settle there until after the 1917 Revolution.

Deeply aware of his origins, he never missed an opportunity to support the Jewish artistic community, for example by presenting an exhibition with the group «Jewish Society for the Promotion of Arts» in Moscow or organizing an exhibition of Jewish artists in Moscow in 1922 which included Marc Chagall. In the same year, he participated in the First Berlin Exhibition of Russian Art in the van Diemen Gallery, the first major exhibition of the Russian avant-garde in Europe since the October Revolution. From 1920 to 1930, he taught in an art school founded in 1920 by a decree of Lenin’s. Among his students are some famous Russian artists such as Yuri Pimenov, Piotr Vladimirovich Williams, Andrei Dmitrievich Goncharov and others. A master of theatrical scenery, Shterenberg worked in the State Jewish and Moscow Drama and other theaters. He was a bright, creative personality, and one of the recognized leaders who determined the cultural policy of the young Soviet state.
This portrait of his younger sister Malka is part of a series of family paintings, the most well-known of which is Portrait of the Artist’s Father and Sister (1914). It was presented amongst works of other Russian avant-garde artists at a Jewish artists exhibition in 2015.
Lot 515
SIMON LISSIM (1900-1981)
Ascent to heaven
Mixed media, oil and gold paint on board
SIMON LISSIM (1900-1981) Ascent to heaven
Simon Lissim was born in Kiev, Ukraine at the turn of the 19th century. He studied at the art school of A.S. Monko as of 1917. In 1919, Lissim emigrated, and as of 1920, he was studying at the art school of Reimann in London and living in Wiesbaden and London. He lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was closely associated with Diaghilev, Bakst, Benois, and many others. His work is full of Orientalist themes. The painting is made by Simon Lissim - A porcelain designer, illustrator, stage designer, painter.

Lissim lived in Paris, where he studied at the French National School of Decorative Arts, and after he worked at the famous Theatre de L’Oeuvre in Paris. His set design for that theatre’s 1924 production of Hamlet won Lissim, a Silver Medal from the 1925 International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. He designed for Lenox and Royal Copenhagen. Simon was born in Russia and moved to the United States in 1941.
Born in Bombay, India and immigrated to Israel as a teenager. Ben Avram graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 1965 and continues to call Jerusalem his home. Most of Avram’s oil paintings and watercolors portray Israeli cities, religious festivals, and Bible stories.
This press release was written by Natasha Cheung, Elisa Passaretti.