BENJAMIN D. KOPMAN (RUSSIAN-AMERICAN 1887-1965)
oil on canvas laid on board
image size 19" x 23 inch (48 x 58.5 cm )
signed lower left
RUSSIAN - AMERICAN ARTIST BENJAMIN KOPMAN ( 1887 - 1965 ) .
Vitebsk, the birth place of Benjamin Kopman, was one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe in 1900 with a Jewish population of 34,420. It was a center of religious Judaism with a strong Habad presence, but also had a very active Zionist community.
Thus, when 16 year old Benjamin Kopman and his family emigrated to the United St .
Benjamin Kopman [Russian-born American, 1887-1965]. A fine American painter, lithographer, etcher and illustrator, Benjamin Kopman came to the United States from Russia in 1903. He studied art at the National Academy of Design, Washington, DC., and held his first one man shows in 1912 at the Scott Thurber Gallery in Chicago and the Macbeth Gallery in New York City. During the following years, Benjamin Kopman exhibited at such major institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, La Napoule Art Foundation, Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public collections that today include Kopman's original prints and paintings are the Carnegie Institute, Colgate University, Brooklyn Museum, University of Michigan and the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Kopman became a well-known "American Scene" artist. He was also part of the WPA project in the US. As an original printmaker, Benjamin Kopman was best known for his landscapes, figure studies and satirical art. VV