An original serigraph by Chaim Gross, 1974
"The healing of the daughter of my people" by Chaim Gross, 1974
Created in 1974 for the New York Chapter of Hadassah, this original serigraph (screen print) is one of an un-numbered limited edition that was an exclusive gift to participants in the 1974 Annual Dinner-Dance of the New York Chapter of Hadassah. Signed in the plate, lower right. It comes with original cover, as issued.
The title and subject of this print relates to the Hebrew biblical passage 8:22 in the Book of Jeremiah, which reads, "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no dressing applied for the healing of the daughter of my people?"
A native of Austria, Chaim Gross (1904 - 1991) emigrated to the US in 1921. Settling into Manhattan's Lower East Side, he studied sculpture at the Educational Alliance where he became acquainted with artists Moses and Raphael Soyer, Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb and many other important mid-20th-century New York artists. Gross later studied sculpture with Robert Laurent at the Art Students League and Elie Nadelman at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. After his first solo show in New York in 1932 at Gallery 144, Gross’s works were soon acquired by major Manhattan and American museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Today, the largest body of his sculpture in a public collection may be found at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., while a permanent display of his sculpture is on view at the The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation in Gross’s historic townhouse and studio in Greenwich Village.
- Kurt Shaw