Moritz Oppenheim�s life and work epitomize German Jewry�s journey from traditional life to modernity. Born in the ghetto of Hanau, he studied academic painting, an opportunity previously unavailable to Jews. As a portrait painter in Frankfurt, he received commissions from both Jews and non-Jews and enjoyed the patronage of the Rothschilds. In this work, one of the earliest self-portraits by a Jewish artist, a young Oppenheim depicts himself proudly holding his palette, a vivid testimony to the emergence of Jewish artists during the 19th century.

Source: The Jewish Museum, New York, 2009.


  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
  • Date Created: 1814-16
  • Location: Germany, Europe
  • Provenance: the artist. Henry Oppenheim (artist's nephew), Germany, by 1870; Henny Bachman (Henry's daughter), by 1940s; Kate and Max Stern, New York (Henny's daughter and son-in-law), before 1953; sold by Max to Fred Levy (Kate Stern's cousin), late 1960s, after her death; Stuart Levy (Fred's son); sold to TJM, 2008
  • Place Part Of: Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: w835 x h983 cm
  • Credit Line: Purchase: Anonymous gift in memory of Curtis Hereld; Esther Leah Ritz Bequest; Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Jaffin, by exchange; and Abraham Aaroni and Ruth Taub Bequests, 2008-137
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#image-research-requests
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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