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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1950: Item # 1084642

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Large original watercolor by Enit Zerner Kaufman (a.k.a Enit Kaufmann, American artist born near Vienna, Austria, 1897-1961). This painting measures roughly 23" by 14" (33" by 24" in its original House of Heydenryk frame). Circa 1940-1945. Signed Enit Kaufman and inscribed "New York" lower right. Enit Kaufman(n)'s birth year is sometimes given as 1875, sometimes as 1897--the most likely date--and also 1908. She was the daughter of Isidor Kaufmann, Austrian painter well-known for his romantic descriptions of Jewish life). She herself is sometimes confused online with a hypothetical artist named "Gail Kaufman" (the misreading of "Enit" as "Gail" is responsible for the creation of the I believe fictional "Gail Kaufman", cf. Enit Kaufman was born near Vienna. She made a name for herself as a painter in portraiture in Vienna and then Paris. She fled Europe for New York City with her husband Edward in 1939. She resumed her career in the US, where she had the distinction of painting four American presidents: Hoover, FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower--she also painted the portraits of fellow artists Thomas Hart Benton, John Marin, and Paul Manship. Her work was featured in an exhibition at the Smithsonian, and at the New York Historical Society. It is assumed that Enit Kaufman's status as a Jewish female in pre WWII Austria was the main reason for her choice of portraiture as the main focus for her art. A collection of her portraits was published under the title of "American Portraits" in 1946, with texts by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Listed in all the usual databases including Who Was Who in American Art.