Palestine, Valley of Kidron by Max Pollak

Palestine, Valley of Kidron by Max Pollak

Palestine, Valley of Kidron

Max Pollak

Title

Palestine, Valley of Kidron

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
1933  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
15 x 17" 1/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
2 of 100  
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
Van Gelder Zonen, ivory laid 
State
Published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
DASL117 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

After moving to the United States in 1927 and after his success with his prints of New York, Max Pollak spent time in the early 1930s in the Holy Land where he found inspiration for a series of color etchings and aquatints, an example being "Palestine, Valley of Kidron", done in 1933.

The Kidron Valley is a long wadi, a ravine in the Holy Land, dividing Jerusalem's Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. The mountains provided defense for the original Jerusalem. The valley contains the "Pillar of Absalom", the "Tomb of the Sons of Hezir" and the "Tomb of Zachariah."

Pollak's composition views the old city of Jerusalem through a notch created in the mountain. A couple of olive trees have survived and two women gather water from a well.