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Chasidic Dance, from Yiddish Motifs

A work made of woodcut on japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut on japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper.




Todros Geller
American, born Russia (now Ukraine), 1889-1949

About this artwork

Geller’s Yiddish Motifs portfolio depicts scenes of Jewish identity and daily life in a series of seven woodcuts printed on Japanese wood veneer paper, an unusual paper choice, given that it was typically used for decorative purposes. Maxwell Street was a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on the city’s Near West Side, known for its large outdoor bazaar, sadly dismantled in the 1990s by development. These prints show a crowded marketplace, a vendor at work, a student in deep concentration, and a pair of street musicians. The Yiddish Motifs portfolio was a great success, with the entire edition selling out in just three weeks.

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Todros Geller


Chasidic Dance, from Yiddish Motifs


United States




Woodcut on Japanese wood veneer paper mounted on paper


110 × 92 mm (image); 158 × 122 mm (wood veneer sheet); 430 × 325 mm (sheet)

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