"Reading Girl" by Gustav Adolph Hennig (German, 1797-1869)
"Elderly man at a Window" by Yves Trevedy (Belgian, 1916-)
"Untitled" by Bernard Boutet de Monvel (French, 1881-1949)
"Girl Reading" by Franz Eybl (Austrian, 1806-1880)
The Ukrainian Isaac Dobrinsky was one of a huge number of Jewish artists who made their way from Eastern Europe to Paris at the start of the twentieth century, looking for knowledge, like-minded souls, and recognition for their work. Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine are the two who emerged from this scene to almost universal fame and recognition, but predictably scores upon scores of artists followed unheralded in their wake. Dobrinsky is one. He painted largely unremarkable portraits and still lives and there isn't a lot about his work to set it apart from that of the others who worked alongside him at the time.
However, in the wake of the Second World War Dobrinsky was offered a position in the Chateau de Chabannes, Limousin, France, working at an orphanage which cared for children whose parents had been deported by the Nazis. He spent several years here in the 1950's and ended up painting numerous portraits of the staff and children of the orphanage. In his unsentimental depictions of the youths Dobrinsky further strips down his patchy and energetic style, bringing it to its bare bones. The results are expressive, sketch-like works, mainly on cardboard, painted rapidly with thinned oils. They are of their time, but immediate and highly effective.
Isaac Dobrinsky (1891-1973)
(These images were taken from numerous online auctions and unfortunately don't have titles associated)
Deineka is a fairly well known painter but he deserves his place here because he is not well known enough. Five of his works are below, and there are many more online. I will post my favourite of his works sometime in the near future (it's in a book and needs to be scanned.)
Bio at wikipedia.