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Itshak Holtz

Born: 1925, Poland

Itshak Holtz is an Israeli American Orthodox Jewish painter best known for works that depict traditional scenes of Jewish life. In 1935 Holtz' family moved to Jerusalem from Poland. He had shown a talent for art since the age of five. He studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. In 1950 he moved to New York where he studied at the Art Student's League. His artworks are driven by his religious beliefs and the idea that you have to live the religious life to capture it on canvas. He paints slowly with great care and attention to detail from memories of the alleys in Jerusalem to the streets and shops and people of his New York neighborhoods. His style is impressionistic but he has clearly been influenced by the old masters.

The Violinist / Lithograph
The Shoemaker / Lithograph