Town: Sventzion Biography of Meir Matzkin (author uknown), translated in 1994. Note: some of the sentences are run-on and contain ungrammatical changes in tense. I have made no effort to correct this style. - Eldad Ganin ----------------------- Meir Matzkin, a Jewish artist (this word has a magical sound to citizens of his town of origin) brought to the western world the Jewish themes that are expressed in the best artistic techniques and strong personal style. A noticeable theme in our citizen Meir Matzkin was his "demonstration of his Jewishness" and he didn't stop with simply drawing biblical or Judaic figures, he sees himself obligated to show the viewer the "Graphic Jew." In his compositions on biblical themes, one of the figures that stands out is his image of Moses in ecstasy in which he captured the pathos and piety, the longing and the dream. Matzkin knows how to express the hidden both in others and inside himself, the public and private, the monumental and all the richness of form. Meir Matzkin's pictures belong to those creations that compel all eyes who encounter them, because of their high aesthetic value, their humanity brings the onlooker closer to the art -- because great spiritual truth is contained in them. The spiritual background of Matzkin's creations is expressed in a perspective, that I would call the spirit of Sventzion, the foundations that the artist identified with, the emotional ideals that he combined with ideas of the plastic arts accompanied by his own personal way, a path of a great artist who glorifies the name of our town around the world. The artist Meir Matzkin, from New York, was born in 1881 in Sventzion to his parents Chaim and Paisa-Raiza. When they saw Meirike's talents in sketching and drawing (upon completing Cheder and public school) they transferred him to nearby Vilna to study the profession of commercial drawing and sign painting. In the art of drawing he was primarily self taught. Even in his youth the completeness of his work stood out. He started with sketches and drawings of nature and scenery to which he imparted a Romantic style by the addition of mythological figures and with great skill drew striking facial images. In 1904 he immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Brooklyn. His attachment to his people became apparent in his compositions on biblical and Jewish themes. His very original drawing style was known as the "style of Matzkin," his images stand out in their crystallized strength and dramatic movement and he was considered a wonderful portraitist. His important works were displayed with great acclaim in the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia, in the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, and in many shows across the United States.