39 x 29 cm, oil on canvas, signed, framed.
Abraham Straski (1903 – 1987) was a Polish born painter who moved to the United States after surviving the
Nazi concentrations camps in the
Holocaust. His works are usually representations of
rabbis done in warm, rich colors. Straski was raised in pre-World War II Europe as a devout follower of the Jewish faith. While growing up, he grew close to Rabbis in his community who taught him violin, cello, and the Torah. He drew his inspiration
for art from the Rabbis surrounding him in his local community. During World War II, his family was forced into a concentration camp. While in the camps, Straski whenever possible saved small pieces of scrap paper and made thumbnail sketches of his teachers
who he vowed would never be forgotten. It is said "he kept his sanity by painting the Rabbis of his youth." He lived for time in Coxsackie, NY with his wife where he painted many of his creations.