Struck Hermann

b. Berlin, 1876 - d. Haifa, 1944
Hermann Struck, painter and engraver, was born into a wealthy Orthodox Jewish family in Berlin. He was introduced to the art of etching, at which he excelled, by Hans Meyer at the Berlin Academy of Art and it soon became his favorite technique. In 1900, Struck traveled to Holland, where he studied with Jozef Israels. He became a Zionist at an early age, was one of the founders of "Hamizrachi" movement, and was active in the Zionist movement throughout his life. His early works are signed by his Hebrew name, Haim Aharon ben David. Struck was not only a master of his craft, but an excellent teacher as well. Among his students were Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann, Jozef Israels, and Lovis Corinth, all, except for Chagall, by far his seniors. In 1908, he published a textbook, Die Kunst des Radierens (The Art of Etching), which provided both theory and practical instruction. The book was in great demand and stimulated the art of etching among both professional and amateur artists. During World War I, Struck served as a German army liaison officer to the Jewish communities of Lithuania and Belorussia and in 1919 was attached to the German delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference as an advisor on Jewish affairs. In 1922, he moved to Palestine and settled in Haifa, where he worked mostly in etching.
Bearded Man, 1909
Bearded Man, 1909
black and white chalk
The Son of the Ancient People
The Son of the Ancient People
After a painting by Jozef Israels, 1907
etching
 Polish Jew in the Snow, 1921
Polish Jew in the Snow, 1921
oil on canvas
Jew with Solitary Tree
Jew with Solitary Tree
etching and aquatinta
 Old Jew from Jaffa, 1903
Old Jew from Jaffa, 1903
etching
A Jew Praying at the Wailing Wall
A Jew Praying at the Wailing Wall
etching
Herzl, Portrait en Face
Herzl, Portrait en Face
etching
Portrait of Theodor Herzl, 1903
Portrait of Theodor Herzl, 1903
etching
Portrait of Sigmund Freud
Portrait of Sigmund Freud
etching
Portrait of Einstein, 1923
Portrait of Einstein, 1923
lithograph
Portrait of Einstein, 1931
Portrait of Einstein, 1931
etching
Portrait of Theodor Herzl, 1903
Portrait of Theodor Herzl, 1903
The original plate for etching
Print