Rabbi Josef Rosen, “The Rogatchover Gaon” 1858-1936. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas


Each original artwork starts with a subject idea that is meaningful for me personally, followed by daydreaming and a sketch. I painstakingly work on each piece, whether it be for three weeks or more, until each and every detail is right. I use the highest quality paints and cover the painting with a varnish so that it will not crack nor yellow. The canvas is top-grade and hand woven in India, and finished with three coats of primer. The stretcher bars are made of solid wood and are treated to be warp-proof. These pieces are made to last.


Rabbi Josef Rosen, “The Rogatchover Gaon” 1858-1936.  16×20  Acrylic on canvas

Rabbi Josef Rosen, also known as the Rogatchover Gaon is the most colorful personality
in this series and admittedly my favorite. He was the leader of a Hassidic community in
Dvinsk for five decades. An intensely devoted Talmud and Torah scholar, his learning
almost never ceased. He had a photographic memory and could literally quote any
passage in any Talmud tractate. Orthodox Jews from near and far visited and wrote to
him seeking his halachic advice, which he gave honorably. At times he had a sharp wit
and quite a limited patience for ignorance. He was a purist in Jewish tradition, never
quoting any scholar post-Rambam. He also refused to take off his kippah for a haircut.
Similar stories abound. He was truly a Talmid Chacham and an unforgettable man.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Rabbi Josef Rosen, “The Rogatchover Gaon” 1858-1936. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas”