Head of a Yemenite Woman, Ruth II
Isaac Lichtenstein was born in 1888 in Poland and spent his childhood in Warsaw and then in Łódź. He studied painting in Cracow, Rome, Florence and Munich. In 1908 he joined the Bezalel School of Art in Jersualem, and in 1911, he moved to Paris. Alongside Krémègne, Henri Epstein, Leo Koenig, Marek Schwarz and Joseph Tchaikov, Lichtenstein was one of the Jewish painters at La Ruche behind the publication of Machmadim (Precious Ones), a textless journal of Jewish art that was first published in 1912.
During the First World War, Lichtenstein lived in the United States. In 1918 he volunteered to join the Jewish Legion and served in Palestine. After the war, he moved between London, Poland, Paris, and the United States, where he spent most of his life, reviving the Machmadim Publishing House devoted to the production of artistic Yiddish books.