Monday, May 18, 2009
Goudstikker and They Call Me Meyer July
Two exhibits at the Jewish Museum are worth seeing, the recollected works of Goudstikker and They Call Me Meyer July. One was as different as the other. Goudstikker's recollected works were Dutch Masters and Renaissance works which had been repossessed by Goudstikker's grandchildren after World War II. And They Call Me Meyer July were paintings by an untrained Polish Holocaust survivor. But each one was poignant and significant because of their stories. What a tragic and ironic ending for Goudstikker, who had survived the Nazi invasion into Amsterdam but died, on the freighter ship, en route to North America. The irony was he died falling down a hatch, on the ship, while taking a walk.