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Trees

Samuel Halpert (American, b. Russia, 1884-1930)

Trees, 1917

  • Oil on canvas
  • 32 x 25 1/2 in. (81.3 x 64.8 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Wesley Halpert with donor maintaining life estate, 1990-145

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Born in Bialystok, Russia, in 1884, Samuel Halpert came to the United States at the age of five. One of eight children, Halpert lived with his family in a tenement apartment on New York's Lower East Side. He studied art at the Educational Alliance and the National Academy of Design. He later traveled to Paris, where he continued his studies and became influenced by the work of modernist masters Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse.

Halpert returned to New York in 1912 but remained an avid traveler throughout his life, searching out appropriate subjects for his paintings in the European countryside or up and down the coast of the eastern United States. He painted from life, creating bold, carefully balanced landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes.