Nina Talbot

Painter - Writer
painting, Skole, by Nina Talbot
Skole, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

Places in Galicia


Skole was one of the towns where my great-grandparents Isidore and Amalia Charak lived before they emigrated to the U.S.

The four animals from the Mishna written by Yehuda Ben Taima— the lion, the eagle, leopard and deer dominate the ultramarine sky as witnesses to the Jewish communities of the past.

On the left side of the painting, an antique gray street with ghosts of Jewish pedestrians contrast with the right side of the painting of Skole in the current day, the street and buildings. The Jewish cemetery is at the end of the road framed by the glistening Carpathian mountain landscape in the distance.