Original Etching “Torah” Artist Proof - c1970
A beautiful and pensive original etching by prominent Jewish American artist Irving Amen, published circa 1970. Titled simply “Torah,” this particular copy was among the painter’s own “Artist Proof” selection from a numbered limited edition of 200. The image depicts a rabbi deep in study of the Torah, a common theme for Amen. Image measures 13″ x 18″ on an overall sheet of 17.5″ x 23″.
Irving Amen (1918-2011) was born in New York City and began drawing at the age of four. A scholarship to the Pratt Institute was awarded to him when he was just fourteen years old, and he later went on to study in Paris in 1950. Upon his return to the United States, he had one man shows in New York and Washington DC.
Influenced by, among others, Michelangelo, in the 1950s-60s, Amen traveled throughout Italy, Israel, Greece and Turkey. His work often depicts themes of Judaism, chess, people, music, Italy and Don Quixote. In his later years he lived and worked in Boca Raton, Florida. Commissions include a Peace Medal in honor of the Vietnam War. He created designs for 12 stained glass windows 16 feet high depicting the Twelve Tribes of Israel, commissioned by Agudas Achim Synagogue in Columbus, Ohio.