Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches (61 x 76.2 cm)
Framed: 31 1/4 x 37 1/2 inches (79.4 x 95.3 cm)
Signed lower right: J Sobel
Private Collection, NY
Jehudith Sobel was born in Poland and was raised and educated there. She attended the Academy of Fine Art in Lodz, Poland where she studied with the famous Abstract Constructivists, Wladyslaw Streminski (Malevich’s assistant) and Stefan Wegner from whom she learned the principles of Modern Art as laid down by the European Cubists; this was in the 1940s.
From Poland she moved to the newly-founded Israel where she was very active in that country’s emerging art world. She both exhibited and was collected by the five major art museums of Israel including the Museum of Modern Art at Haifa. She was also regularly shown in Israeli galleries before coming to New York in 1956. (She won a First Prize from the Israeli Government for her work when she lived and worked in Paris in the 1940s.)
In Manhattan, she continued her career in the New York art world exhibiting her work in the prestigious ACA Gallery, the New Masters Gallery, the Jewish Museum (NY), City College of New York and in other galleries and art institutions. She and her architect husband bought a summer house in Woodstock, New York and began exhibiting at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and other galleries there, including The Ann Leonard Gallery and The Rudolph Gallery.
Her work is in many private collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art at Lodz, Poland, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Jewish Museum where she had a solo show of her work and was shown with the Polish Abstract Painters.
Sobel is a listed artist and her work shows the influence of her contemporaries including Matisse, Bonnard, Malevich, Braque and of another Polish American Painter, Frederick Serger, her neighbor and friend in Woodstock. She lived and worked in Woodstock, Harlem, City Island and in Manhattan.
A Woodstock Landscape is a dreamy composition of movement and color. The leaves and grass are comprised of dabs of paint and the branches of the trees are rendered likewise quickly, as if the wind was whipping through the landscape. The vibrant palette of yellows, greens, oranges, and blues are reminiscent of the Fauvist oeuvre and give the work an almost musical quality.