Isaac Babel, drypoint etching

Isaac Babel
Art: 1982
Media: etching, drypoint
Size, plate image: 12 inches H x 8 ¾ W


Isaac Babel has been acclaimed as “the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry.” He was a victim of Stalin’s Great Purge, arrested by the NKVD on the night of 15 May 1939 and shot on 27 January 1940.

Four proofs were printed as singular works.

  • One proof is in the studio of the artist.
  • A Babel etching was printed side-by-side (on a single etching paper) with the etching of Sholom Aleichem. Private collection.
  • A Babel etching was printed side-by-side with the Aleichem etching; both were hand-colored. Private collection.
  • A Babel etching was printed side-by-side with the Aleichem etching and the 1981 Martin Buber etching. Collection: University of Rochester, Interfaith Chapel, N.Y.
Martin Buber (1981)
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