Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita
23 JAN - 11 JUN
Jewish Cultural Quarter
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Jewish Historical Museum presents an exhibition devoted to the draughtsman, printmaker, and decorative artist Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1868-1944). During his lifetime, De Mesquita was much admired as an artist and a teacher. His death in the Second World War and the drastically altered artistic climate in postwar Europe led to the near-disappearance of his work from the public eye. The Jewish Historical Museum now holds a large collection of his work, much of which will be included in the exhibition. The museum hopes to make De Mesquita the object of renewed interest.
Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita was born into a circle of artistically inclined Portuguese Jews in 1868. His elder brother Joseph was a photographer. The sculptor Joseph Mendes da Costa was his cousin and friend, and became his brother-in-law. After a brief apprenticeship at an architecture firm, he studied decorative art and then worked as a drawing teacher. By the turn of the century, he was an independent artist. He painted in oils and watercolours and developed a new drawing technique that was strongly tied to printmaking.