Medium: Charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 72.1 x 54.3 cm
Inscription: Signed c.l. 'RUTH LIGHT PALESTINE'
Born in Brooklyn in 1906, Ruth Light studied at the Cooper Union Art College for Women in New York, as well as with German-born portrait artist Winold Reiss (1886–1953). Building upon her own strong identification with Jewish Culture, Light used her art to create a record of contemporary Jewish life. Starting in the mid-1920s, Light focused her work on the people and places of Manhattan, particularly on its Lower East Side, the neighbourhood that held the largest concentration of recently arrived Jewish immigrants. In 1931, Light traveled to Palestine where she continued her work of recording the style and customs of contemporary Jewish life.
Following the death of her husband Boris Kazmann, Light returned to New York in 1933. She later married Erich Braun and moved to Washington, DC, where she and her husband established Braun's Fine Caterers, becoming the official caterers of the US State Department. Although Braun's later artistic work took up different themes, her drawings in conté crayon and charcoal from 1920s and 1930s remain an enduring artistic record of Jewish life in New York and Palestine.
Born: 1906 Brooklyn, USA
Died: 2003 Florida, USA