Limited Edition / 50

1000mm x 667mm (39.4" x 26")

Hahnemühle German Etching Fine Art Print

Signed and Numbered by the Artist


Like most Jews of my community in South Africa, we can trace our recent lineage to the lands of Eastern Europe. I know that my great great grandparents were from Vilnius, Lithuania, where they were forced to flee from prosecution. But sadly, I have little further information about their lives. I can only use my imagination to recreate what life must have been like for them. Unsurprisingly much of the Jewish folktales from this part of the world are centred around the darkness of winter. I think of the cold bitter winters and how spiritually trying that must have been for them – so distant from my experience at the sunny tip of Africa. The Torah contains numerous mentions of snow, which is often used as a metaphor for purity. The Maharal of Prague, Rabbi Judah Loew, spoke of snow as “a vessel of spiritual light in the darkest days of the year”. When thinking of how I wanted to portray the snow of Vilnius, I thought of the Hebrew word for snow – sheleg -  which has a numerical (gematria) of 333, the same as the word shich'cha, which means forgetfulness. I could imagine snow as being an all-enveloping whiteness – a total absence of colour and texture and sound. I could imagine the small figure of my great great grandfather against this great barren landscape, and how incredibly important the Talmud must have been as a guiding light.

The Jew of Vilnius

  • All limited edition prints are hand-printed in Cape Town, South Africa, under the careful control of Zvi Suchet to insure precise colour, contrast and clarity. Prints are made on Hahnemühle German Etching Fine Art Paper, a beautiful luxurious paper that has a textured surface and reproduces beautiful, rich colours. Prints are guaranteed to be of light-fast archival, museum-grade quality.

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