Israel Abramofsky, was a Russian-American Jewish artist, who is particularly well remembered for his images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. Born in Kiev on September 10, 1888, he eventually made his home in Ohio. The Cleveland Artists’ Exhibition in May 1919 included his entry “Drawing of Russian Jew After A Massacre”.
Discussing his life and work, Abramofsky said “I am unable to classify myself, except I hope that I am a part of the twentieth century. I do feel that my Jewish types reflect the tradition and beliefs that . . . have kept them separate as a people since Abraham”.