Joseph Landau with his purchase
Pictured here is London Judaica dealer Joseph Landau who travelled to Sworders in Stansted Moutfitchet yesterday with the sole purpose of buying a charcoal and white chalk drawing by the Jewish artist Simeon Solomon (1840-1905). Five telephone lines competed against Joseph who was the winning bidder at £6,800.
" I would have paid considerably more, said Joseph.”It's very rare to have an artwork that has a Jewish subject matter - in this case a man carrying the Torah Crown - by a Jewish artist”.
Associated with the Pre-Raphaelites, Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) was noted for his depictions of both Jewish life and same-sex desire. He achieved notoriety after he was caught engaging in sexual activity with a man - a scandal that the cut short his career and contributed to the alcoholism that blighted his final days. His reputation has recovered in recent years: the recent exhibition exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967 at Tate Britain included seven works by Solomon.
Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) CARRYING THE TORAH https://bit.ly/2XY70AH