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Encyclopedia > Maurice Ascalon
Maurice Ascalon at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy circa 1934
Maurice Ascalon hammering "The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil" for the 1939 New York World's Fair
Maurice Ascalon hammering "The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil" for the 1939 New York World's Fair
Maurice Ascalon's "The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil" copper relief sculpture. Adorned the facade of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion of the 1939 New York World's Fair
Maurice Ascalon's "The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil" copper relief sculpture. Adorned the facade of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion of the 1939 New York World's Fair
Catalogue image of a decorative artwork by Maurice Ascalon manufactured by his Pal-Bell Company circa 1948
Catalogue image of a decorative artwork by Maurice Ascalon manufactured by his Pal-Bell Company circa 1948

Maurice Ascalon (1913 - 2003), an industrial designer and sculptor is, by some accounts, considered the father of the modern Israeli decorative arts movement. Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_1. ... Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_1. ... Front view of Castello Sforzesco Courtyard in Castello Sforzesco Castello Sforzesco (English: Sforza Castle) is a castle in Milan, Italy that now houses an art gallery. ... Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_2. ... Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_2. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1350x1095, 394 KB) Summary The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil copper repoussé relief sculpture by Maurice Ascalon, adorned the façade of the 1939 New York Worlds Fairs Jewish Palestine Pavilion. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1350x1095, 394 KB) Summary The Scholar, The Laborer, and The Toiler of the Soil copper repoussé relief sculpture by Maurice Ascalon, adorned the façade of the 1939 New York Worlds Fairs Jewish Palestine Pavilion. ... Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_4. ... Image File history File links Maurice_Ascalon_4. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Industrial Design is an applied art whereby the aesthetics and usability of products may be improved. ... Sculptor redirects here. ...


Maurice Ascalon was born as Moshe Klein in eastern Hungary. From an early age, he was determined to pursue his artistic yearnings, however in order to do so, he was forced to abandon his ultra-religious Chasidic Jewish roots – for artistic expression was frowned upon in the eastern Hungarian “shtetl” in which he was raised. When he was 15 years old Klein left his family and boyhood home to study art at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He took with him an in-depth understanding of the rituals and traditions of the Jewish ceremonies, which knowledge he would later apply to his artistic endeavors. Hasidic Judaism (Hebrew: Chasidut חסידות) is a Haredi Jewish religious movement. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... A shtetl (Yiddish: , diminutive form of Yiddish shtot שטאָט, town, pronounced very similarly to the South German diminutiveStädtle, little town) was typically a small town with a large Jewish population in pre-Holocaust Central and Eastern Europe. ... ...


In 1934, after undertaking his formal artistic training in Brussels and later Milan, Maurice Ascalon immigrated to the land of Israel (then Palestine). There he met his wife-to-be, Ziporah Kartujinsky, a Polish-born Jew, granddaughter to the distinguished cartographer and scientist of the same surname. (Ziporah, who died in 1982, became a sculptor in her own right late in her life, creating magnificent bas reliefs depicting the Shtetl life of her childhood). Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... Type Anti-tank Nationality Joint France/Germany Era Cold War, modern Launch platform Individual, Vehicle Target Vehicle, Fortification History Builder MBDA, Bharat Dynamics (under license) Date of design 70s Production period since 1972 Service duration since 1972 Operators 41 countries Variants MILAN 1, MILAN 2, MILAN 2T, MILAN 3, MILAN... A 2003 satellite image of the region. ...


In 1939, Maurice Ascalon designed and created the enormous 14 foot tall hammered repoussé copper relief sculpture of three figures, "The Toiler of the Soil, the Laborer and the Scholar", which adorned the façade of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Ascalon was commissioned to create this work for the historically significant Pavilion which introduced the world to the concept of a modern Jewish state. (The work is now part of the collection of the Spertus Museum in Chicago.) Repoussé bracelet by Thomas Feeser, ©2005. ... Trylon, Perisphere and Helicline photo by Sam Gottscho The 1939-40 New York Worlds Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair), was one of the largest worlds fairs of all time. ...


In the late 1930s, Ascalon founded an Israeli decorative arts manufacturing company, Pal-Bell, which produced trademark bronze and brass menorahs and other Judaic and secular decorative art and functional items that were exported in large numbers worldwide. Maurice Ascalon's well-recognized designs, some art deco, others more traditional, introduced the use of a deliberate, chemically induced green patina (verdigris) to Israeli metalwork, which is now a hallmark of Israel's crafts industry. During Israel's War for Independence in 1948, Maurice designed munitions for the Israeli Army and, at the request of the Israeli government, retrofitted his factory to produce munitions for the war effort. In 1956 Maurice immigrated to the United States. The decorative arts are traditionally defined as ornamental and functional works in ceramic, wood, glass, metal, or textile. ... This article is about the seven branched candelabrum used in the Temple in Jerusalem. ... Asheville City Hall. ... The Statue of Liberty gets its green color from the patina formed on its copper surface Patinas are chemical compounds formed on the surface of metals. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


During the latter part of the 1950s through the 1960s, Maurice resided in New York and Los Angeles. He gained a reputation as a master silversmith, creating for synagogues magnificent Torah crowns and other ceremonial objects of Judaica that he first learned of in his youth. For a time, he taught sculpture on the fine arts faculty of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Template:Jews and Jewdaism Template:The Holy Book Named TorRah The Torah () is the most valuable Holy Doctrine within Judaism,(and for muslims) revered as the first relenting Word of Ulllah, traditionally thought to have been revealed to Blessed Moosah, An Apostle of Ulllah. ... For a discussion of Jews as an ethnicity or ethnic group see the article on Jew. ... The University of Judaism, informally known as the UJ, is a university with Jewish undergraduate, graduate, rabbinic, cantorial, and continuing education studies. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


In the late 1970s, Maurice’s workshop, now formally dubbed Ascalon Studios, relocated to the Philadelphia area. It became (and still is today, under the direction of Maurice’s son, David Ascalon) a multifaceted art studio dedicated to the design of and creation of site-specific art for worship and public spaces. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... David Ascalons Holocaust Memorial for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1994), on the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg David Ascalons Totem, fabricated bronze sculpture at the Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill, New Jersey From a series of abstract stained glass windows for Beth El Congregation near Washington, DC The artist...


In February 2003, Maurice Ascalon celebrated his 90th birthday as a resident of Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he lived with his eldest son, Adir Ascalon (Adir was a surrealist painter and sculptor who collaborated with the noted Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros). In August 2003, Maurice Ascalon succumbed to complications related to Parkinson's Disease, an illness he endured during most of the final decade of his life. Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. ... David Alfaro Siquerios (December 29, 1896 in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico - January 6, 1974 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico) was a painter and muralist known for his social realism work. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Maurice Ascalon’s commissions include permanent installations at worship and public spaces throughout the United States, Mexico, and Israel. His works have been exhibited at and are among the collections of institutions including the Jewish Museum (New York), the Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, the Spertus Museum in Chicago, and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. Jewish Museum in New York seen from Fifth Avenue The Jewish Museum of New York was first established in 1904, when the Jewish Theological Seminary received a gift of 26 Jewish ceremonial art objects from Judge Mayer Sulzberger. ...


Bibliography

  • "Lighting the Way to Freedom" by Aaron Ha'Tell and Yaniv Ben Or, Devorah Publishing (2006). ISBN 1-932687-66-1
  • “Modern Creations from an Ancient Land” by Prof. Nurith Kenaan-Kedar, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi/ Eretz Israel Museum/ Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (2006). ISBN 965-217-256-1
  • “Five Centuries of Hanukkah Lamps from The Jewish Museum” by Susan L. Braunstein, The Jewish Museum (2005). ISBN 0-300-10623-8
  • “New Jersey Artist Honored Posthumously in Tel Aviv” New Jersey Jewish News, December 15, 2005, page 50.
  • “Luminous Art: Hanukkah Menorahs of the Jewish Museum” by Susan L. Braunstein, The Jewish Museum, Yale University Press (2004). ISBN 0-300-10387-5
  • “Sculptor Maurice Ascalon Dies” by Barbara Rothschild, The Courier-Post, August 7, 2003, page B1.

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See also

David Ascalons Holocaust Memorial for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1994), on the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg David Ascalons Totem, fabricated bronze sculpture at the Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill, New Jersey From a series of abstract stained glass windows for Beth El Congregation near Washington, DC The artist...

External links

  • Maurice Ascalon's Pal-Bell Co. Ltd.
  • Bio and Transcript of Eulogy for Maurice Ascalon

 
 

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