A visitor to Omniglot is doing some research on the painting below and would like to decipher the signature. Can you help?


Close-up of signature

Close-up of signature

The writing looks like cursive Hebrew to me.

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10 Responses to Puzzle

  1. TJ says:

    Indeed. More like a cursive Hebrew. But we have to remember that Yiddish is also written in Hebrew letters.
    I can realize Aleph (A) and Tsadi (ts).
    Aleph is made of 2 strokes, close to “1 (” [with bracket being small].
    Tsadi is the 3-shaped letter.

  2. Lev says:

    Indeed, cursive Hebrew. I would say it’s “האדלר אד.”, but I’m not sure about the לר, they could be טי instead. I’d guess the painter’s last name is Hadler.

  3. mnr says:

    Perhaps, it spells out (forgive my writing out all the letters, but I’m not sure how they fit together and can’t type the Hebrew out on my computer): hay alef daled tet resh/yod? aleph tsade. I have to admit I have no idea what name that forms, or what vowels might go where…

  4. Christopher Miller says:

    Following up on Lev-

    The name suspiciously like Adler to me, and a web search for Israeli artists with this name quickly yielded Adolf (Adi) Adler (1917-1996), a Romanian-Israeli artist. If you mouse around over the painting at the URL below, you will see the same signature in the bottom corner of the floating blow-up:


    Same in the bottom left corner here:


    Slightly different, with a more formal dalet in the bottom right, here:


    The image on the right here is a close-up of the signature:


    And finally, in the bottom right here:

    I wonder why the name is preceded by what seems to be the Hebrew definite article in his signature?

  5. TJ says:

    Case solved/closed!!!

  6. TJ says:

    Maybe the “ha” preceding the name is like an “exaggeration” form. Like in German or English even when you tell someone “I’m THE (your name)” and such.
    Or, it can be like how it is in Arabic surnames, where they mostly start by “Al-” (which is the definite article as well).

  7. bronz says:

    I see a few sources attributing him as Adolf R Adler, so it is possible the first letter is not ה but ר followed by a dot.

  8. JP says:

    Thanks to all posters for the information !!

    Painting is also signed on the back to a friend.

  9. Daniel says:

    bronz, your theory sounds much more plausible.
    TJ, there is no such custom in Hebrew.

  10. Drabkikker says:

    So, for superfluicity’s sake, the signature reads:
    .ר. אדלר אד
    that is:
    R. Adler Ad.

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