'Studying the Torah', Polish oil painting by Bryks

By Bryks, Arthur (Polish, 1890-1970)


This finely painted oil on canvas work, executed in sombre and subdued tones, portrays five elderly Jewish men contemplating the pages of an open book.


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This oil on canvas painting by the Polish artist Arthur Bryks portrays four elderly male figures studying a large open book, which is held aloft by a fifth younger male. The figures are assembled in a circular arrangement, with two heads, either in profile or three-quarter view, occupying the centre flanks of the composition, while the heads of the three remaining figures cluster in the upper third of the scene. The four older males carry long grey beards, and all five wear woollen or fur caps. All faces are transfixed, their minds away in contemplation. The colour palette employed by Bryks is dark and sombre, dominated by primary reds, blues, and yellows.

The picture sits, unglazed, within a moulded giltwood frame and is signed lower left 'ABryks'. The reverse of the canvas is inscribed ‘ABryks 1925 – 1930’ and ‘eigentum’, or ‘property’, of one ‘Henri Suter Carrara’.

Frame: Height 108cm, width 89.5cm, depth 5cm
Canvas: Height 93cm, width 74.5cm


Artist / Maker
By Bryks, Arthur (Polish, 1890-1970)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1925-30
Early 20th Century
Figurative Art, Jewish
Giltwood, Oil on Canvas
Gold, Multi-coloured, Yellow


108 cm / 42.5 inches
89.5 cm / 35 inches
5 cm / 2 inches


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