Maimon Moses

Usual story 62х87 сm, oil on canvas, 1902
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The presented work “Usual story” dated 1902 year in the same year he exhibited at the 10th Exhibition of Artists of St. Petersburg. The painting depicts a man and a woman, nice to communicate in a country house porch, against the backdrop of a beautiful spring landscape. Comparing the photograph depicted a man with M.L. Maimon, it can be assumed that this self-portrait of the artist. Characteristic of this picture classically of the construction, attention to detail, color content and light accents to all creativity M.L. Maimon, gravitated to realism. The artist has aspired in his works reveal the inner world of characters, with the author’s inherent lightness and freshness of the drawing.

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Maimon Moses Lvovich
(1860, Volkovishki, Suvalkskaya province – 1924, Leningrad)

Moses (Moyshe) Lvovich Maimon is the painter and graphic artist, has gained popularity thanks to his works on biblical themes, the most famous painting in the series “Marrany” (“Secret seyder in Spain during the time of the Inquisition”, 1893). This picture of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts awarded the title of academician M. Maimon, and he became one of the first Russian Jewish artists, awarded with the title. Also among the works of M. L. Maimon, there are a number of paintings on the theme of Russian history, domestic scenes and portraits.

He was born into a Jewish family. His grandfather was a famous Jewish writer Alexander Ziskind Maimon. Up to 13-year-old studied in heder (Jewish school for boys). Then he served as counterman in various towns of Lithuania, taking drawing lessons. He studied at the Warsaw School of drawing. In 1880 he came to the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg where his fellow students were M. T. Mane, I. Ginsburg and others. In 1887 he has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, receiving a gold medal for the diploma work “The Death of John the Terrible”.

Since 1889 the exhibit begins on academic exhibitions in Petersburg and in Moscow, Warsaw, Konigsberg, London, Amsterdam, St. Louis and other cities. In 1910-20s M.L. Maimon taught painting in various metropolitan schools, since 1919 lectured on the history of Jewish Art at Hebrew University of Petrograd. In 1916 became a member of the newly founded “Jewish society promoting artists”. Moses Maimon published articles on art and memory in collections “Ha-Goren” (1898), “Ha-Gan” (1900), in magazines “Rise”, “The futurity” (1899-1904) and “The Jewish Chronicle” (1923-24), which was also announced his unpublished work “Anti-Semitism in art”.

M. Maimon can be attributed to the ideologues of his generation because he, unlike many other of his contemporaries, was able to express certain ideas in verbal form. Having a genius for literary, he has published numerous publications and art-critical articles in Hebrew and in Russian in a variety of Jewish publications in Russia. In summary, M. Maimon made a significant contribution to the development of Jewish art criticism, and is one of the pioneers of this genre of literature in Hebrew.

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