Simeon Solomon


Simeon Solomon, born on this day in 1840, was that very rare thing in his day, a Jewish painter. In fact he was but one member of a well-established family of Jewish artists based in Bishopsgate, London, making one wonder just how secularized and integrated the Jews of London had become by the middle of the 19th century. While his brother and sister were genre painters of an entirely conventional stripe Solomon was a friend of Rossetti and Swinburne and an able if unoriginal exponent of the post-Pre-Raphaelite manner; a sort of Semitic Burne-Jones. What is original, unusual and interesting in his art is the preponderance of Jewish subjects and themes, so little seen in European art prior to the success, half a century later, of Marc Chagall. The Simeon Solomon Research Archive presents an exhaustive collection of Solomon material, including many artworks.

Painting: Carrying the Scrolls of the Law, 1867
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