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.