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Critical Review

The prints in Warhol’s Ten Portraits of Jews series each depict a famous Jewish figure of the 20th century from across a range of disciplines. Produced in 1980, each print in the collection depicts a portrait of a renowned Jewish figure from the 20th century. The subjects of the portraits span a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from the sciences to the arts. The sitters comprise of:Sarah Bernhardt the French stage actor; Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States; Martin Buber, the renowned philosopher; Albert Einstein, the great theoretical physicist; Sigmund Freud, the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology; the Marx Brothers, the iconic comedic group; Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister of Israel; George Gershwin, the American composer; Franz Kafka, the pioneering German writer, and Gertrude Stein, the remarkable American novelist. Warhol nicknamed the collection ‘Jewish geniuses’ due to the significant contributions these figures made to society.

The collection was first exhibited at the Jewish Museum of New York in 1980 and was later displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2006. The collection was suggested to Warhol by art dealer Ronald Feldman who also chose the subjects of the portraits in consultation with the director of the art gallery of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Susan Morgenstein.