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Destruction of the Ghetto, Kiev

Abraham Manievich (American, b. Russia, 1881-1942)

Destruction of the Ghetto, Kiev, 1919

  • Oil on canvas
  • 70 5/8 x 72 1/8 in. (179.4 x 183.2 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Gift of Deana Bezark in memory of her husband Leslie Bezark, 1991-30

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CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

Encourage students to examine Destruction of the Ghetto, Kiev carefully:

  • Describe what you see in this painting. What colors do you notice? What kinds of shapes, textures, and forms has the artist used? What do you think the forms represent? What mood has the artist created?

  • Describe the artist’s depiction of space. How does this affect the work’s composition?

  • What has the artist depicted here? What don’t you see in this painting that you might expect to see?

  • Where do you think the people are? What do you think the goat symbolizes?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to examine Destruction of the Ghetto, Kiev, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • What does the title Destruction of the Ghetto, Kiev tell you? What does the fact that it was painted in 1919 tell you? What does the word ghetto mean in this context? What do you think is depicted here?

  • Pogroms such as the one referred to in this painting were one reason many Jews immigrated to the United States in the early 20th century. What are some other reasons for immigration? When did your family arrive in the United States? Do you know why they immigrated?




RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS

  • Antisemitism and Racism
  • Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Immigration
  • Push Factors for Immigration
  • Abstract Painting