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Albert Dov Sigal watercolor painting of a circular brown plate with a scene of a bride and groom standing in front of a rabbi under a red fringed chuppah

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.2

Watercolor sketch created by Albert Dov Sigal from 1948-1958 when he lived in Israel. The work depicts a dark brown plate with a small rectangular scene of a woman in a white dress and veil with a man in a top hat beneath an red fringed wedding canopy with a Star of David on top held by 2 boys in yarmulkes; a rabbi reads from a paper while guests watch. It was created as a preparatory sketch for a woodcut that would be decorated with silver and enamel. It is a version of the scene portrayed in 1992.113.2. In 1939, Sigal was arrested by the fascist, antisemitic Romanian government and assigned to a forced labor battalion that repaired and built roads and railways. He started an underground art school with a group of friends and was active in the Romanian resistance. On December 27, 1947, he and his family sailed from Burgas, Bulgaria, towards Palestine aboard the Aliyah Bet illegal immigrant ship, Pan York. Palestine was ruled by the British under a United Nations mandate and the postwar immigration policy was very restrictive. Ships attempting to bring unauthorized refugees to the country were stopped and the passengers were interned. Sigal, his wife, Rozi, and their young son, Daniel, were imprisoned in a detention camp on Cyprus on December 31, 1947. Because his son was only 18 months old, Sigal and his family were permitted to enter Palestine on February 22, 1948. On May 14, the state of Israel was established and, within six months, all the refugees on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland.

Artwork Title
Jewish Wedding Scene on Brown Platter
depiction:  1948-1958
creation: Israel
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Rose Sigal Ibsen, In memory of my husband, Joseph P. Ibsen.
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:04
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