Original artist proof woodcut by Columbus-based printmaker Sid Chafetz (1922-2013) depicts the portrait of Yiddish playwright and author Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916). A sullen image befit to Chafetz’s unmistakable, expressive touch, Aleichem’s eyes are locked with the viewer’s, creating an image of intrigue and mystery. Matted and housed in a modern frame, this original woodcut is titled and signed by Chafetz along the bottom of the print.
About the Artist:
Sid Chafetz (1922-2013) was an artist and professor based in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he attended Rhode Island School of Design before being drafted into the US Army in 1942. He returned after his service and graduated in 1947. He continued his education in France at L’Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts and the Acadãmie Julian, alongside artists Fernand Lãger and Stanley W. Hayter. Chafetz would then teach at The Ohio State University beginning in 1948, and was an active part of developing the printmaking program within the Department of Art. He retired from teaching in 1982 to focus on his own art. Deeply satirical with beliefs, his works bear a haunting style laden with politics, education, and literature.
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