Anatoly Kaplan: The Enchanted Artist

The Jewish Folk Songs

Color‭ Lithographs
Tempera and Gouache

From 1958 to 1962, Anatoly Kaplan drew two series of artwork for Jewish Folk Songs – one in tempera and the second in color lithographs – basing them on the Russian folk tradition of wood engravings called lubok. In these works, Kaplan tried to follow the Soviet idea of a happy life for the Jews: “nationalist in form and socialist in nature.” In some cases, he depicts images in full, bright color; in others, more subdued or black and white tones. These works are often decorated with the Yiddish text of the song, some with Russian translation.