BEER, SAMUEL FRIEDRICH (1846–1912), Czech sculptor. Beer studied in Vienna and quickly gained some recognition as a portraitist. His friendship with Theodor Herzl inspired his Jewish subjects, such as the monumental group Shema Israel. He designed the medal issued on the occasion of the Second Zionist Congress at Basle. He later worked in Paris, Rome, and Florence.
Roth, Art, 868; T. Zlocisti, in: Ost und West, 5 (1905), 78, 82, 83ff., includes reproductions.
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