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The Return of the Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living in Accordance with Old Customs (Die Heimkehr des Freiwilligen aus den Befreiungskriegen zu den nach alter Sitte lebenden Seinen)

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (German, 1800-1882)

The Return of the Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living in Accordance with Old Customs (Die Heimkehr des Freiwilligen aus den Befreiungskriegen zu den nach alter Sitte lebenden Seinen), 1833-34

  • Oil on canvas
  • 34 x 37 in. (86.4 x 94 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Richard and Beatrice Levy , 1984-61

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The Return of the Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living in Accordance with Old Customs (Die Heimkehr des Freiwilligen aus den Befreiungskriegen zu den nach alter Sitte lebenden Seinen)



Like Maurycy Minkowski, German artist Moritz Daniel Oppenheim is interested in the relation between tradition and modernity. Click here to learn more about Oppenheim’s painting The Return of the Jewish Volunteer. After discussing this painting with students, ask them to compare it with Minkowski’s He Cast a Look and Went Mad.

Discuss:

  • How are these paintings similar in terms of their themes and conflicts?
    [Both deal with conflicts between religious and secular life and between old traditions and modern ways.]

  • How are the artists’ approaches to storytelling similar or different? What other similarities or differences do you notice?


The Talmudists

Max Weber (American, b. Russia, 1881-1961)

The Talmudists, 1934

  • Oil on canvas
  • 50 1/8 x 34 in. (127.3 x 86.4 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Mrs. Nathan Miller, JM 51-48

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Weber’s The Talmudists is based on a scene he witnessed in a synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. Have students compare Weber’s painting with He Cast a Look and Went Mad by Maurycy Minkowski.

Discuss:

  • How are the two paintings similar in terms of their content? How are they different?

  • How are the two paintings different formally, in other words, in terms of the artists’ use of color, composition, and brushstroke? [Weber uses more color than Minkowski does. Minkowski’s palette is more tonal. Weber’s application of paint is much more painterly (each individual brushstroke is visible) and the brushstrokes more animated. Weber’s application of paint is textural and sometimes very thick. The compositions are quite different, but they both include groups of clustered figures.]