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Comic painting of two Orthodox Jewish men fighting

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.634

Oil painting with a caricature of two Orthodox Jewish men fighting in public. This painting is a parody of an extremely popular genre of nature paintings, many also titled Fighting Stags, which presented romanticized visions of magnificent antlered stags fighting in a clearing. There was also a popular photograph published by Oscar Kramer (1835-1892), of Vienna, titled, Kampfende Hirsche, Zwei polnische Juden in e. Balgerei [Fighting Stags: Two Polish Jews in a Tussle], which may have been known by the unknown artist. The painting presents the Jewish men as subjects of ridicule for their repellant physical appearance, their ineptness as fighters, and their undignified public behavior. Antisemitism was an increasingly popular topic in Austria at the time. This painting is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kampfende Hirsche
Alternate Title
Fighting Stags
Date
1887  (creation)
Geography
creation : Austria
Language
German
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:25:36
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