Jewish artists of the Modernist period incorporated current visual language (cubism) into traditional subjects
and Amedeo Modigliani
Felix Nussbaum's famous Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card (1943). He perished in the Holocaust.
Ben Shahn, a painter of the Diaspora, was known for his involvement in
social causes. Below is his painting Sacco and Vanzetti.
Ben Shahn, synagogue
R.B. Kitaj, If Not
R.B. KItaj, Jewish Rider
Larry Rivers, Portrait of Primo Levi
Post-war American artist Barnett Newman, Black Fire
Rita tied Newman's abstraction to medieval illuminations like the Sarajevo Bible.
Mark Rothko, another of the great post-war abstractionists.
Jewish art comes full circle, one could say
Rita presented slides of many of the renowned Montreal painters of her generation.
Below, a scene by Jack Beder
Louis Muhlstock, rue Ste. Famille
Sam Borenstein, Winter Scene
Sam Borenstein, Summer
Rita Briansky, from her Kaddish series
Rita Briansky, Prayer Shawl, from her Kaddish series
Rita Briansky and Annette Wolfstein-Joseph after the lecture