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Zalman Kleinman
Vintage 1980 Judaica Chassidic Poster Simchas Torah Hakafos Chabad Artist




Vintage framed plate signed poster. Zalman Kleiman, Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1933 into a Lubavitcher Hasidic family, was a self taught Chassidic artist living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Unlike many other current Hasidic artists, who come from a secular, art background, Zalman came from a family that has been steeped in the Chabad, Lubavitch tradition for generations. After the death of his parents, he and his sister were sent to Siberia, where he was adopted by a rabbi. For a time he lived in the Central Asian state of Samarkand, Uzbekistan amongst the Bukharian Jews. Kleinman immigrated to Paris, where he studied at an underground Lubavitch yeshiva. From Paris, he traveled to Israel where he began painting. He returned to Paris where he met and married his wife Rosa. In 1958, they immigrated to New York City and to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Despite a childhood filled with exile, war and anti-Semitism, Kleinman’s work is not filled with sadness or tragic recollections. Rather he sought to evoke the tenacity of the Chassidic culture that refused to succumb to hardships in communist Russia. At the tender age of 13, Kleinman left Russia to travel with a group of Polish Jews through Displaced Persons’ camps, finally settled in France for three years at a yeshiva in Paris. Kleinman then traveled to Israel and joined the army as an artist for the military rabbinate after studying in Paris. His artist’s studies where briefly sponsored by Zalman Shazar, the third president of Israel, before Kleinman made the decision to develop his talents without formal training. After several years in Israel, Kleinman returned to Paris, where he met and married his wife Rosa. The Kleinmans settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn after having traveled to New York, where they would raise a family. There, while a resident in the immediate vicinity of the Grand Rebbe of Lubavitch, Kleinman produced a series of penetrating and moving paintings that sought to portray the life of his Hassidic community. In a letter to the artist from the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Kleinman's artwork is described as "impressive and simplistic." Kleinman illustrated books and magazines while developing a reputation as a painter and was able to support his family as an artist. An esteemed artist who painted Jewish life within the Hasidic community, Kleinman died in 1995. Along with Chenoch Hendel Lieberman and Michoel Muchnik his works formed part of the cultural landscape all Chabad Chassidic families and children grew up with.


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    Zalman Kleinman (1933, Russian),
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  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)
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  • Condition
    minor wear, see photos.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3823053241

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