“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy” – Soft Pastel Painting by Amir Pichhadze
This soft pastel painting, painted by Amir Pichhadze in 1995, is titled “A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy”
In her review in the Canadian Jewish News (July 11, 1996), Miriam Chinsky described the meaning and significance of the painting as follows:
“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy, displayed recently at a juried exhibition in the Leah Posluns Theater, is a searing probe into the death by gunfire of Israel’s late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at the hands of a Jewish assassin – the enemy from within.
Seen in the aftermath of the murder, a grieving man crouches, head bowed, before Rabin’s flag-draped coffin with a broken Magen David representing unity gone awry. A portion of the flag is wrapped around the man’s legs and covers his feet. His hands are bloodied and behind him is a blood-spattered copy of Shir Lashalom (Song of Peace), which Rabin had at the moment he was killed. An obvious bullet hole is a reminder of the method of assassination.
The man is the Jewish People, torn by political and religious strife. He mourns the death, yet the infighting marks him as it does all those who cannot or will not come to peaceful terms with their differences.
The song sheet is colored in reverse, white lettering on a black background to accent the darkness of the act and its consequences. But one corner, curled forward, pristine white against the sky, signifies a glimmer of hope. Pichhadze’s youthful optimism?”
The painting has been featured and reviewed in a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including: