Judaism, Eroticism, and Zionism - the art of E.M. Lilien
He was a member of the Zionist movement and undertook several journeys to Palestine and the Middle East between 1906 and 1918. While there he produced a series of exquisite photographs of traditional Jews and Arabs, some of which have become iconic images of Ottoman-era Palestine. His photograph of Theodore Herzl in profile, fixing a visionary gaze on an unseen horizon, is perhaps the most famous image of the Zionist thinker and activist. Herzl's face also pops up in a number of Lilien's illustrations, usually as an angel.
Lilien’s work often re-conceptualized Judaism in mythic and esoteric terms. A classic example of this is his illustration of the “Sabbath Queen” which appears in my first posting.
To see more of Lilien's work, visit the "Lilien Study Group" on the Web.