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Albert Dov Sigal watercolor sketch of a Shabbat table with a decanter, kiddush cup, challah, and candlesticks with a pencil sketch on the reverse

Object | Accession Number: 1992.113.7

Watercolor painting created by Albert Dov Sigal when he lived in Israel from 1948-1958. It depicts a table set for the Sabbath with a wine decanter and kiddish cup, 2 candlesticks, and a challah with a traditional cover. This is the basis for a later painting and a favorite theme of Sigal's. There is a pencil sketch on the reverse of a man gazing upon a woman in her bath which later became an enamel, David watching Bathsheba. 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
Friday Night
creation:  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 08:56:05
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