Rabbi Moshe Sofer---(Chatam Sofer) ZTVL
Medium: Oil on Canvas
21"W x 26"H unframed.
53CM W x 66CM H unframed.
Picture Details & Inspiration:
I was privileged to paint the powerful portrait of Rabbi Moshe Sofer (Schreiber) 1762 – 1839, the Foremost Halachic Authority, who was one of the greatest rabbis and rulers of recent generations. His contribution was crucial in shaping the Jewish-Orthodox view. He was a mystic alongside his proficiency in education and philosophy. To this day, the lithography of his portrait, by the artist Kriehuber Josef (1800-1876) is well known, but it is very different from his face as we see in the painting by the artist Joseph Edward August Van Gillen (1794-1845), German portrait painter of the Biedermeier period.
The original painting was recently unveiled and has already been auctioned by New York's Kastenbaum auction house.
For a long time I had been trying to obtain a copy of Rabbi Cook press biography put out about the Chatam Sofer. But I had no luck in the matter…
But just days after I handed my painting over to the client, the tide turned. I received an email that a certain family in the neighborhood was handing out books left on a wealthy man's estate. As a bibliophile, I turned there, and I was rather disappointed that, aside from the number of illustrated Haggadahs I had taken, most of the books were generic, and I came out empty-handed.
But I decided to stand on my toes anyway and reach for a thin, fuzzy book that glanced at me on the top shelf. There was nothing written on the old cover and when I opened it, what did I see? Well, this bio on the Chatam Sofer is super! It was the kind of sensation that you know someone is calling you from above!