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Fiddlers

Artist: Leon Gaspard (American, 1882 - 1964)

Date: 1931
Medium: oil on fabric mounted on paperboard
Dimensions:
13 7/8 x 20 1/2 inches (35.2 x 52.1 cm)
Frame: 17 1/4 × 46 1/4 × 1 1/2 inches (43.8 × 117.5 × 3.8 cm)
Classification: Triptych
Signed: Leon Gaspard/ 1931 (lower left)
Credit Line: Partial Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965 and Partial Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1975
Object number: 31.26.2.B
Accession Number: 1965.2.411.B
DescriptionThree panels all framed together.
Label Text:This painting depicts a Jewish village in pre-revolutionary Russia. A group of fiddlers is followed by the curious children. A Talmud teacher ignores the commotion. The goats possibly allude to the Passover folk story “Tale of a Kid.” Leon Gaspard (born Leiba Schulman) painted this scene from his childhood memories.
Provenance: Artist; purchased January 28, 1957 through (Jane Hiatt, La Fonda Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; ½ interest bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation [1]; remaining ½ interest gifted December 5, 1975 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation by Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Owned jointly by H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark until his death at which point his ½ interest was bequeathed to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.