American & Modern Art
February 22 — 27, 2020
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Jacob El Hanani (1947- )
Lot 37 Details
Jacob El Hanani (1947- ), Israeli/American
Ink drawing on thick paper; signed, titled, and dated 1978 at NY in pencil verso. Unframed.
Image/Sheet 11.1 x 10.9 in — 28.2 x 27.7 cm; 14.4 x 14.5 in — 36.6 x 36.8 cm
Private Collection, Toronto
Jacob El Hanani was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1947 and grew up in Israel. According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, his work draws upon the tradition of micrography in Judaism, a technique utilized in decoration and transcribing holy texts. He creates highly intricate works through the painstaking repetition of minuscule marks, often Hebrew letters repeated thousands of times using ink on paper or canvas. He draws these images without magnification, in order to reduce eye strain, he rests every ten minutes.