ARTIST LAZAR RAN

ARTIST LAZAR RAN
(A man with a Jewish heart)
After graduation from Vitebsk Art School in 1932 Lazar RAN came to Minsk where
he began his artist career. In his pictures one can see the story of his life which is an
image of suffering...
There were many works devoted to Belarusian history in his collection which were
exhibited on May 31, 1984.
Francisk Skarina
Skarina was the first who translated and published the Bible in Belarusian in 1520.
We can see on the picture his Jewish consultant Toviy, who is showing him the first print.
In the old times, it was Skaryna who was teaching Belarusian people and made
warnings in his Bible commentary:
Don’t dig a hole for anybody,
You can fall there yourself.
Don’t do like Haman, who prepared gallows fore Mordekhay.
You shall hang there yourself.
In this picture one can see Belarusian writers: Kupala, Tyotka, Byadulya. They are
hosting Russian poet V. Brusov who came in Vilna to meet them.
In this picture which is named “Nocturne” one can see Belarus writer DuninMartsinkevich and composer S. Monyushko listening to a girl playing the piano.
An immense piece of work devoted to Belarusian poet Yakub Kolas.
Lazar Ran made a lot of pictures of Belarusian people
To Jewish people Lazar RAN gave two collections of his talent.
One is “Jewish writers”:
ANNE FRANK
ISAAK BABEL
SHOLOM-ALEYKHEM
YANUSH KORCHAK
The second collection is called “MINSK GHETTO”.
For Belarus Jews at that time, Lazar RAN was not just a Jewish Artist of their
origin. Though there were many Jewish artists in Belarus, Mr. Ran was the first who had
chosen Yidishkait as an art theme for his creations.
“BIRDS”
Кid is happy to see the «birds».
The child does not understand that
these ravens came to eat
his dead mother.
“A SICK MOTHER”
Кids are carrying their mother
to Minsk Ghetto fulfilling the order
to move out from the Aryan part of the city.
“A HELP OF A BELARUSIAN WOMAN”
A Belarusian woman is helping the Jewish
family with food though she does not
have enough for her own children.
“THE SON”
This picture is the most painful for the artist. He drew his own son who could
not escape from the advancing Nazis and got into a Minsk ghetto.
Not a single photo remained after everything got ruined in the fires.
The artist drew his son by memory.
How could the artists’ heart forget the image of his beloved son?
“TO PARTISANS”
To stay in the ghetto meant death. The mother is ready to leave the ghetto and escape
to the forest and join the partisans.
«GHETTO MUSICIANS»
The Nazis ordered the musicians to give concerts after each lineup.
People will always remember the wonderful artist from Minsk.

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