Who is Yehuda Pen?

By Gwylym Owen

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Yehuda Pen, also known as Yuri Pen (Yiddish: יודל פּען‎ – Yudl Pen; 5 June 1854 in Novoalexandrovsk, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire – 1 March 1937 in Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR), was a Russian and Soviet Lithuanian Jewish painter and art teacher. He was a major figure of the Jewish Renaissance in Russian and Belarusian art at the initiation of 20th century. Pen’s most famous student in Vitebsk was the great Jewish painter Marc Chagall.

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