Henryk Berlewi (1894 – 1967)

Lot 382. Uriel Acosta, print created by the artist Henryk Berlewi. Signed in the plate; signed and dated in pencil 1920.
Uriel Acosta (1585-1640) – Jewish Portuguese philosopher, son of a family of Marranos. Following his attempts to re-define Judaism, he was punished and excommunicated by the Jewish congregation in Amsterdam and finally, after enduring years of ostracism and sufferance he committed suicide. This print also appears on a book cover, published in Warsaw in 1921 by “kultur lige” (adaptation by Karl Gutzkow to Acosta’s life story).
17X13.5 cm. Frame: 47.5X39.5 cm. Good condition. Not examined out of frame. Estimate $300-500.

Kedem Auctions. May 14, 2014.

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