Isidor Kaufmann’s portraits of religiously devout Jews conveyed aspects of Jewish tradition that his audience of acculturated Jews and non-Jews would understand. Here, the sitter’s orthodoxy is indicated by his fur-trimmed shtraymel (hat) and black kapote (coat). For both Kaufmann and his secular patrons, these portraits served a dual purpose. Hung in well-appointed parlors, they enhanced Kaufmann’s prestige as a painter and the social status of the paintings’ owners. They also provided a connection to Jewish heritage by linking the world of cosmopolitan Vienna to a traditional lifestyle that endured outside the capital.


  • Title: Man With Fur Hat
  • Creator: Isidor Kaufmann
  • Date Created: c. 1910
  • Location: Vienna, Austria, Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 1/8 × 12 3/16 in. (41 × 31 cm)
  • Provenance: ?.Julius Marx (until d.?); his wife, Lisl Weil Marx, New York, NY (until 1985)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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