The Art of Elias Friedensohn

Satiric Watercolors: Arabs

The things we detest in ourselves, Friedensohn said, we see in The Other. Prominent among these are self-deception and vanity. His satiric watercolors of Tunisian life treat the sexual animal, the schemer, the downtrodden, the incompetent, and the barbarian. Tunisians, to repeat, aren’t Friedensohn’s target here. Human nature is.