Emanuel Schary

“A lively affection for humanity” characterizes the work of the Israeli-American artist Emanuel Schary (1924-1994). Working in a range of media, Schary celebrates the strength and beauty of ordinary characters. Born near Tel Aviv, Schary emigrated to his father's country, the United States, at the age of 16. He attended the Carnegie School of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, and then moved to New York to study at Pratt and the Art Students League. The illustrative nature of his work, the cheerful people and the focus on character have led others to call Schary the Jewish Norman Rockwell. His mindfulness of tradition extended to his subject matter as well. Emanual Schary's main themes are the history of Israel and of Jewish New York, sometimes at prayer or work. His artworks are in the collection of the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.