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THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS by  Illustrator  CHAIM - Signed First Edition - 1969 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15816-09)


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by (JUDAICA). GROSS, CHAIM, Illustrator

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New York and Paris: Associated American Artists, 1969. No. 162 OF 200 COPIES (from a total edition of 250 copies, of which 10 were hors commerce). 630 x 485 mm. (24 7/8 x 19 1/8"). [28] leaves.Forward by Rabbi Avraham Soltes.
Light blue cloth portfolio, upper cover with gilt titling, in a matching clamshell box with gilt titling on cover and spine. WITH 11 COLOR LITHOGRAPHS, titled, numbered, and SIGNED BY CHAIM GROSS. Text printed in red and black. In mint condition.

In this jubilant exploration of faith and community, prominent Jewish artist and émigré Chaim Gross (1902-91) presents a joyful mix of animated figures, bright colors, and decorative lettering in a series of lithographs illustrating the 10 holiest days of the Jewish calendar. Displaced from his small village in the Carpathian Mountains during the First World War, Gross in 1921 immigrated to America, where he studied at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York. He specialized in sculpture and printmaking, employing the method of direct carving he helped pioneer and for which he would predominantly be known. Following the Second World War, Gross became increasingly interested in Jewish subjects, and travelled to Israel on several occasions to complete a sculpture of its first president, Chaim Weizmann, as well as to make watercolor sketches of the countryside. The 11 lithographs in the present series were also conceived as watercolors, lending a dream-like quality to scenes heavy with nostalgia, reverence, and warmth. In the foreword to the present work, Rabbi Soltes explains that "In these lithographs, Gross recaptures the color of his childhood and his skill makes them come alive for those who have shared the experience. For those to whom this vanished world is mere history, Gross offers an emotional insight as well as aesthetic pleasure.".


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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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