Life is not always easy. Jewess with Oranges (1881) was

Life is not always easy. Jewess with Oranges (1881) was

6/3/2021, 7:30:56 PM
Life is not always easy. Jewess with Oranges (1881) was painted by the Polish artist Aleksander Gierymski (1850-1901). It shows a Jewish fruit seller who is knitting while waiting for the next customer. By her outfit, we can conclude that she was poor, and the expression on her face confirms that life has not been easy on her. She looks sad and seems to drag herself through the day. It was the daily reality for many lower-class people living in Warsaw during the end of the 19th century (and we can see the city of Warsaw in the background). It makes it all the more interesting that she is selling oranges. We often associate this colorful fruit with warmer temperatures and more cheerful circumstances. But this was not the case for this Jewish woman. The history of the painting has been interesting as well. It was stolen during WWII by German troops and was missing for more than six decades. In 2010, the work suddenly showed up on antique market in Northern Germany, and it has since been returned to the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. For Polish people this painting and its history are a symbol of the country's fight for survival. Just like Poland survived its toughest times, the painting has as well in the end. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #PolishArt #PolishArtist #PolishPainter #AleksanderGierymski #Gierymski #Jew #Jewess #Oranges #Portrait #Fruit #Poverty #Sadness #Warsaw #Poland

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