Jacob Kramer (1892-1962)

Artist Jacob Kramer was born in Ukraine to artistic Jewish parents. A painter and lithographer, he immigrated to Leeds with his family in 1900.

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The Day of Atonement by Jacob Kramer

The Day of Atonement by Jacob Kramer, part of the Ben Uri permanent collection

Work by Jacob Kramer in the Ben Uri permanent collection

The Day of Atonement by Jacob Kramer

The Day of Atonement

Shouting Man by Jacob Kramer

Shouting Man

Self-Portrait by Jacob Kramer

Self-Portrait

Portrait of Sam Nagley by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of Sam Nagley

Portrait of Lord Rothschild by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of Lord Rothschild

Portrait of Israel Zangwill by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of Israel Zangwill

Portrait of Harold Laski by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of Harold Laski

Portrait of a Woman in Red by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of a Woman in Red

Portrait of a Gypsy by Jacob Kramer

Portrait of a Gypsy

Old Woman Knitting by Jacob Kramer

Old Woman Knitting

Nude in Slumber by Jacob Kramer

Nude in Slumber

Design for a Programme (Pioneers) by Jacob Kramer

Design for a Programme (Pioneers)

Jacob Kramer biography

He was awarded a scholarships to Leeds School of Art. He associated with Herbert Read and the progressive Leeds Arts Club, and was influenced by expressionism, particularly the work of Kandinsky.

Encouraged by his patron Michael Sadler, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University, and funded by the Jewish Education Aid Society, he attended the Slade school of art from 1913–14.

His London circle included David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Mark Gertler, CRW Nevinson, William Roberts (whose sister, Sarah, he later married) and Edward Wadsworth.

Bomberg and Epstein included his work in the ‘Jewish Section’ of the 1914 Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Twentieth Century Art: A Review of Modern Movements.

He exhibited with the Allied Artists’ Association, New English Art Club and Glasgow Society of Painters and Sculptors. In 1915 he showed with the Vorticists, and Wyndham Lewis included his work in Blast.

His postwar career dissipated; returning to Leeds in the 1920s, he developed a local reputation as a portraitist. Leeds City Art Gallery hosted a retrospective in 1960.

Jacob Kramer died in 1962.

BBC Your Paintings

View more work by Jacob Kramer at the BBC Your Paintings website