Jun 24, 2021 - Sale 2574

Sale 2574 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
ILYA SCHOR (1904-1961)
Woodland Scene. Unpublished portfolio piece illustrating a scene from an unknown fairy tale, circa 1942 or 1943. Pen, ink, and gouache over graphite on thick paper. 280x215 mm; 11x8 1/2 inches, on 19x14 1/2-inch sheet. Signed "I. Schor" in lower left image.

This drawing, which builds on Ilya Schor's knowledge of European folkloric styles, was created for his illustration portfolio around 1942 or 1943 when he was establishing his artistic career in the United States shortly after his arrival in New York City from Poland in 1941.

In the following years, Schor developed a highly respected name as a noted artist of Judaica, a fine arts jeweler, a painter of Jewish life in the shtetl, and as a noted illustrator, with his wood-engravings for the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Sholem Aleichem remaining in continuous print since the late 1940s.