A Highly Inspirational Example of 20th Modern Judaica Art. A
Fantastic Cubist-Oriented Religious Themed Work.
”RIVERSIDE PRAYER SERVICE” is a Genuine Signed and Dated Ari
Roussimoff Oil on Canvas Painting, measuring a large-sized 24 x 30
inches. This Highly Impressive Cubist style work was completed in the
year 2004, although the artist first conceived the composition in 1973.
The picture has an interesting history. In 1973, Roussimoff sketchily
painted in only the background and not until 2004 did he work full-force
to complete what is a phenomenal gem of Jewish themed artwork.
Roussimoff considers this canvas to be one of his favourites. "RIVERSIDE
PRAYER SERVICE” is a highly engaging study of a group of Hassidic Jews
in Russia, celebrating the religious service of "Taschlich'. They are
passionately reciting prayers as they symbolically cast their stones
into the river. These devout people are garbed in the traditional
costumes of old-world Russian and Eastern European Jews. This particular
scene takes place in a typical Shtetl (small Jewish town). We see the
familiar small wooden homes, a watering-well, and the prominent
structure of the white and blue-coloured ancient Synagogue. A majestic
edifice with its stained glass windows and large Star of David above the
entrance. In the distance, we even have some townsfolk and two lovable
birds. This very poetic rendering sets off a beautiful and spiritual
composition. This captivating artwork is rendered in a lyrical manner
based on both the Cubist and Expressionist styles. There is even an
aspect of Slavic folk art. There is an amazing amount of intricate
detail-work here. Everything is depicted with both a historical accuracy
and also a deeply felt inner truth that distinguishes this painting from
most "genre" pieces. Although one can ascribe a most charming folk-like
quality to this piece, it is nonetheless, a work of true modernism and
great overall artistic sophistication. Here is the type of sensitive
nostalgic painting that, when displayed, will definitely bring much
delight to any household. It is a picture painted with great love and
warmth of spirit, evoking the great and beloved stories of Yiddish
authors like Scholem Aleichem (his "Tevye Stories" having inspired the
play, "Fiddler On The Roof"), Y. L. Peretz, the Singer brothers and many
Roussimoff paintings on both Jewish and Russian themes cross over
all cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries as they are being
passionately collected by art lovers the world over! The humanity of
these Roussimoff works makes them truly universal. The purchaser will
receive a certificate of authenticity. FREE S/H (USA).
International buyers should first contact us to find out about exact
charges and conditions. Thank You.
"RIVERSIDE PRAYER SERVICE"
Oil on Canvas by Ari Roussimoff