Wednesday 16 October
In this FREE Lunchtime Lecture Dr Lynne Swarts will discuss the life and work of Ephraim Moses Lilien, the most important artist whose images formed the bedrock of the Israeli national art school, Bezalel, in Jerusalem.
Lilien, born in Drohobycz, Ukraine, published three major illustrated books and befriended all the celebrated Central European Jewish intellectuals of the German Jewish and Zionist world. Sadly, Lilien or his artwork is now little known outside Israel.
Drawing on her PhD research and forthcoming book, Dr Swarts will examine contemporary German, Jewish and Zionist attitudes towards women and the burgeoning interest amongst German Jewry in the Oriental world. Find out how Lilien’s images reflected the extinct world of cosmopolitan European Jewish life before World War I.
Dr Lynne Swarts is an Honorary Research Associate in the History Department, University of Sydney. She has a special interest in European Jewish history, gender studies and visual culture. Her first book, Gender, Orientalism and the Jewish Nation: Women in the Art of Ephraim Moses Lilien at the German Fin De Siècle, will be published by Bloomsbury Press in December. Lynne was a recent Sir Zelman Cowen University Fellow at Hebrew University. Her latest article appeared in the prestigious feminist journal Nashim (December 2018). She has written for The Conversation and the Oxford Journal Studies in Contemporary Jewry.
Image: E. M. Lilien, Selbsportrait (Self-Portrait) with Vom Ghetto nach Zion in background, 1912. Courtesy Braunschweig Landesmuseums, Braunschweig, Germany.