Habonim Designs, Front View of Building

Samson Schames1951

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History
New York, United States

Building with peaked roofline and yellow and red stained glass windows following the lines of the roof. Signed and dated in lower right.

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  • Title: Habonim Designs, Front View of Building
  • Creator: Schames, Samson
  • Date Created: 1951
  • Subject: Stained glass windows
  • Repository: Leo Baeck Institute at the Center for Jewish History
  • Physical Dimensions: w46.3 x h36.7 cm
  • Artist Biography: Samson Schames hailed from one of the oldest Jewish families in Frankfurt. Trained in the Staedelschule, he worked in graphics, textiles, and oils. After 1934, when Jews were no longer allowed to display their work, he became a member of the newly founded Cultural Association of German Jews and created set designs. In 1939, Schames emigrated to Great Britain, where he joined the Free German Cultural Association in London. At the outbreak of World War II, he was interned as an enemy alien near Liverpool and took this involuntary stay as an opportunity to develop new art techniques in unconventional media, mostly deitrus found in the camp. After his release, Schames volunteered for the Civil Defense and recorded his experience in a series of paintings called Bombed-Out London, depicting the London blitz. In 1948, Schames and his wife emigrated to New York, where he enjoyed a successful artistic career.
  • Type: Watercolor
  • Rights: This material may be used for personal, research, and educational purposes only. Any other use without prior authorization is prohibited. Please contact LBI librarians at lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org for further information.
  • External Link: LBI Art Collection, Center for Jewish History
  • Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper mounted on board