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Painting by Natan Gutman – LOVED

Scena rodzajowa z brodatym mężczyzną, w lewej ręce trzymającym otwartą książkę. Nad głową, w prawej uniesionej do góry ręce trzyma koguta.
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich/M. Jaźwiecki

In Natan Gutman’s painting, a Jew is performing the "kaparot" ceremony on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and holiest day of the Jewish year. During the ceremony, the sins of a woman are transferred to a hen and those of a man to a rooster. The meaning of the Hebrew word "kapara," singular, is atonement. After the ceremony, the fowl is given to a poor family for the holiday meal.

Natan Gutman (1914–1990) was born in Warsaw and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw from 1929 to 1933. During a short period in Russia, he showed his work at the Museum of the Revolution in Minsk. He returned to Warsaw in 1945 and emigrated to Paris soon after. His paintings capture the everyday life of Jews in Poland before the Holocaust. POLIN Museum holds the largest collection of his work. The object can not be displayed in a showcase at the Resource Center. 

 

The object was embraced by Mark S. Morrison in memory of his maternal grandmother, Anna Rose Levine.

Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland is a partner of the "Show your love" project and one of the co-founders of the POLIN Museum. The Association is a Polish non-profit organization.

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