Birgit Ben-Eli

Birgit Ben-Eli is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the Free University of Berlin and the University of Vienna, she received her M.A. in art history, archaeology and modern history from the Free University of Berlin. Her main area of expertise and research interest is Jewish art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Among her research interests she addresses the issues of the role and status of Jews in the arts, Jewish identity, the concept of home and exile, memory and place as well as Jewish identity and femininity.

Articles by this author

Broncia Koller-Pinell

Broncia Koller’s daughter, Silvia Koller, Saul Pineles supported her mother’s artistic aspirations. At the age of eighteen Broncia Koller began private studies under the sculptor Josef Raab (?–1883) and after his death in 1883 continued under the painter Alois Delug (1859–1930).

Tina Blau

Tina (Regina Leopoldine) Blau, born in Vienna on November 15, 1845, not only overcame many obstacles but was the only Jewish woman artist in her generation to be professionally recognized.

Austria: Jewish Women Artists

Although modern Austrian art attracted a high proportion of Jewish women, most of them are forgotten today both because of the male ethos of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century life which relegated women to the domestic domain, and because of the Holocaust which robbed many Jewish women artists of their lives and erased their artistic achievements from popular recognition.

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