"Shuk" Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Arab Market) by Max Pollak

Shuk Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Arab Market) by Max Pollak

"Shuk" Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Arab Market)

Max Pollak

Title

"Shuk" Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Arab Market)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
color etching & aquatint 
Image Size
10 x 13 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
Printer's Proof, unknown edition 
Annotations
"Pr. Pr." in pencil, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
heavy, simile-vellum ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
DASL215 
Price
$1,100.00 
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 "Shuk, Jerusalem".

Pollak did this color intaglio of the Arab "Shuk" around 1933. The 'Arab Shuk ' or 'Souk' is located on David Street in the Christian center of the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. This, the oldest of the Shuks was established during the Ottoman Empire. Vendors sell their tourist items, food and wares from their stalls, often calling out the prices. There are other "shuks" throughout Jerusalem that cater to other ethnicities.

On Thursdays and Fridays, the food marketplace is filled with shoppers stocking up for Shabbat, until the Friday afternoon sounding of the bugle that signifies the market will close for the Sabbath. In recent years, the 'shuk' has emerged as another of Jerusalem's nightlife center, with restaurants, bars and live music.