Isidor Kaufmann (Austrian, b. Hungary, 1853-1921)
Friday Evening, c. 1920
- Oil on canvas
- 28 5/8 x 35 7/8 in. (72.7 x 91.1 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Schweitzer, JM 4-63
Light features prominently in Kaufmann's painting. The light from the Sabbath candles, wall sconces, and hanging chandelier glints off the white table cloth, challah cover, headdress, and walls. The candle flames and electric chandelier lamps are also reflected in the mirror on the back wall. The rich color of the young woman's dress provides a counterpoint to the white and off-white space and a focus for the viewer's attention. But even the texture of her garment captures and reflects some of the abundant light of the scene.