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One day I received an invitation to an opening of a painting exhibition from an art gallery I knew quite well. The painter, a young woman at her mid twenties, was highly gifted - it was her third exhibition and I was definitely interested. I planned to be there, but unfortunately, on the night of the opening I had some family issues to attend to so I couldn't go.

A few days later I went to the gallery to see the paintings. Generally, I hate to miss an opening - from my experience, the good things, are usually gone on the opening night. I didn't want to find myself standing there, before a painting I very much like to have, and be frustrated by the little red point which indicates that the painting is already sold to somebody else. But that day it was different. The exhibition was very impressive - her style was kind of abstract, but you could feel behind it the force of a sure hand that knows how to draw. But among all the paintings there was one that drew all my attention. I almost stopped breathing when my eyes fell on it. It was love on first sight but even more amazingly, it was not marked as sold!

I asked the owner of the gallery about the price, gave him a down payment, got a receipt with the picture's number on it and went home, feeling in heaven.

A few weeks later, when the exhibition closed, I went to the gallery in order to collect my painting. While waiting for the owner to take my painting off the wall and pack it, I noticed a young woman, with long black dark hair, pale face with a concentrated look, standing a bit on the side. She was making quick sketches on a rather large, quarto size, sheets of drawing paper. "This is wonderful", I said to myself. "I bet she is the painter herself - what a delicate way to say farewell to the fruits of your creation"

But then, something much less wonderful happened. You are not going to believe this. I didn't believe it. In came a tall and gloomy looking man. Without much ado he said to the owner: "I am in a hurry. There is no need to pack, just give me the picture please". I was astounded. "I am afraid there is a small misunderstanding" I started mumbling, but the gloomy person cut me very rudely, "This picture is mine. I bought it!" he said.

With trembling hands I withdrew the receipt from my wallet. "I have a proof" I heard myself whispering. And what do you think happened? This scoundrel also popped up a receipt. The two receipts carried the same number, 23, on them. They looked almost identical. The crucial difference between them, besides our names and addresses, was the date. His was the date of the opening.

"Oh mon dieu, c'est ne pas vrai" I heard the owner murmuring in French. "I must have made a mistake. I am so sorry, I am so sorry".

We stood there, the three of us, I don't know for how long, and none of the two owners of number 23 seemed to be willing to give it up. The gallery owner was in turmoil, "I must seek legal advice" he said "We shall cancel the deal". I felt the blood draining out of my legs and had to sit on the closest chair. When I raised my eyes and saw my beloved painting, still on the wall, I felt as if my baby is going to be torn away from me. But then I felt a change. Was it some inspired intuition or the rudeness and the aggressiveness of the gloomy man or the agony that showed on the face of the gallery owner, that caused me to let go? I don't know. "OK" I said. "He can have it". And then I turned to the door.

The following day I got a phone call from the owner. After a very apologetic introduction came the real surprise. "The painter is here by my side and she wishes to speak with you". She went straight to the point. "I invite you to my studio - I want to show you around and also give you something".

Her studio was like a treasure cave. I have spent there three hours in her company. She was very relaxed and friendly, never looked once in her watch. After we agreed to meet again and before we said farewell, she turned around and withdrew a drawing, black ink on quarto paper, from a big brown file. "And this is a present for you" she said. I immediately realized that this is one of the sketches she did that evening.

I looked at it, and I identified myself, in the hawk-like figure on the right. It was shivering and brilliant.

"How would you call this painting?" I asked her. "The Judgment of King Solomon" she answered laughingly "and you proved yourself to be the true mother".

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Azmon, Beeri, Ben Shalom Shulamit, Bergner, Cohen Mirit, Constant, Druks, Friedlaender, Fuchs, Giladi, Hendler, Hofstatter, Katmor, Janco, Kulkin, Levanon, Lavie, Moreh, Naton, Paldi, Schwartz, Streichman, Tepler and More...

Avraham Naton (Natanson) - Gouache Painting - A Woman in front of a Mirror - אברהם נתון נתנזון - ציור גואש - אישה לפני הראי - Click for Detailed Info

Avraham Naton (Natanson) - Gouache Painting - A Woman in front of a Mirror

This rare gouache painting by the Israeli painter Avraham Naton (1906-1959) best testifies on the pleasure the artist got from dealing with the rich colorful and figurative details of the beautiful intimate interior scene. It also reflects the gloriousness Naton felt towards his pretty model and beloved wife - a goddess in front of a mirror, absorbed in an isolated fabulous sphere which is so different from the modest apartment in Tel-Aviv where they shared great love and great talent.

אברהם נתון נתנזון - ציור גואש - אישה לפני הראי

ציור הגואש היפיפה שלפנינו מזכיר לי תמיד שהצייר אברהם נתון (1906-1959), למרות חתירתו המוצהרת אל האבסטרקט ה"טהור" הנוטה לפשטנות גיאומטרית ולקריסטליזציה צורנית, נהנה לצייר בעסיסיות צבעונית ובפרטי פרטים את שאהבה נפשו - את אשת חיקו. 

Size of painting (without frame): 9.8" x 7.9" - 25 cm x 20 cm - 9.8 in x 7.9 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Gouache Drawing
Origin: Israel
Date: 1944
Signature: "א.נתנזון 44" signed in Hebrew by the artist near the lower side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1028/PAI058 - Click for More Details on Avraham Naton Gouache Painting


Joseph Constant - יוסף קונסטנט - Two Monkeys - Wood engraved sculpture - Click for Detailed Info

Joseph Constant - Wood Engraved Sculpture - Two Monkeys

The Israeli sculptor and painter Joseph Constant loved animals and they probably loved him. In his sculptural art work he investigated the simplicity and innocence he found in animals as reminders to the virtues that grownups have lost. Look at this pair of monkeys, sitting so close to each other, absorbing the warmth and confidence derived from intimate friendship and brotherhood. This close relationship allows them to observe the outer world in peace and harmony - isn't it what we all desire?

יוסף קונסטנט - פסל עץ - זוג קופים

יוסף קונסטנט (1892 - 1969), נודע בכינוי "פסל החיות" והפליא כרשם. כן היה גלף עץ עז ביטוי מהשורה הראשונה - זוהי הכותרת באתר הגלריה לפיסול ע"ש יוסף קונסטנט ברמת גן. קשה לתאר פועלו של אמן מופלא ונחבא אל הכלים בשני משפטים קצרים אך במקרה של קונסטנט אני מרגיש שהתיאור מדויק וכל המוסיף גורע.

Height of sculpture: 18 cm  -  7 in
Width of sculpture: 12 cm  -  4.7 in
Depth of sculpture: 6 cm  -  2.3 in
Height of cuboid pedestal: 4.5 cm  -  1.8 in
Width of cuboid pedestal: 16 cm  -  6.2 in
Depth of cuboid pedestal: 7.7 cm  -  3 in
Sculpture material: Wood
Pedestal material: Wood - sculpture attached to pedestal by the artist 
Sculpture technique: Hand engraving
Origin: Israel - French
Date: Circa 1950
Signature: "Constant" - signed by the artist - engraved in wood on the lower right side of the sculpture.

Our ref #: P1002/SCU001 - Click for More Details on Joseph Constant Sculpture 


Joseph Constant - יוסף קונסטנט - Two Storks - Charcoal Drawing - Click for Detailed Info

Joseph Constant - Charcoal on Paper - Two Storks

The animal drawings of Joseph Constant are master pieces - he poses them in couples like old Noah and captures their feelings and interrelations. The pair of storks in this beatiful charcoal drawing are standing back to back and it looks as if they are taking a momentary repose in the middle of a bitter fight. Joseph Constant's deep observation of animals is fascinating - I wish I had the whole ark.

יוסף קונסטנט - רישום פחם - זוג חסידות

יד הרשם המדהימה של הצייר יוסף קונסטנט לוכדת בתנועות מדויקות את זוג החסידות הפונות גב אל גב. האם זהו רגע שאחרי ריב? קונסטנט הירבה לצייר זוגות של חיות ולא סתם. זה גורם לנו לראות את עצמנו ברגעים היפים וגם הפחות יפים של החיים.

Size of painting (without frame):  1' 3.7" x 1' 1.4"  -  40 cm x 34 cm  -  15.7 in x 13.4 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Charcoal on paper
Origin: French
Date: Circa 1960
Signature: "Constant" - hand signed in charcoal pencil on the lower right side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1008/PAI072 - Click for More Details on Joseph Constant Drawing 


Ernst Fuchs - Im Kuss der Sphinx - Rare Master Color Etching - Click for Detailed Info

Ernst Fuchs - Rare Master Etching - Im Kuss der Sphinx

Ernst Fuchs is a Vienna born (1930) painter and artist. His father, Maximilian, was Jewish, and fled the Nazis to Shanghai when the Second World War broke in 1939. His mother had to baptize him during the war in order to increase the chances of his survival. The "Im Kuss der Sphinx", an original color etching (The kiss of the Sphinx) is a beautiful dark and sensual portrait of a dead man - the kiss of the Sphinx has suck the life out of him. I believe that Fuchs wanted to represent Jesus Christ as a victim of passion.

ארנסט פוקס - הדפס צבע - נשיקת הספינקס

בסוף שנות השישים, יצר המסטר הגדול ארנסט פוקס Ernst Fuchs סדרת הדפסים שנושאה הוא הספינקס Sphinx - דמות מן המיתולוגיה המצרית והיוונית שהפכה לסמל לאדם שאינו מסגיר בהבעות פניו את רגשותיו. בידיו הגאוניות של רב האמן פוקס הפכו פני הספינקס למבט פנימי מצמרר את תוך מעמקי נפשה של הדמות האנושית - אל הכאב, הסבל והשלווה.

Size of etching plate: 1' 5.7" x 11.8"  -  45 cm x 30 cm  -  17.7 in x 11.8 in
Size of visible print paper: 1' 6.5" x 1' 0.6"  -  47 cm x 32 cm  -  18.5 in x 12.6 in
Size of frame: 2' 2" x 1' 6.9"  -  66 cm x 48 cm  -  26 in x 18.9 in
Type of frame: Wood - the art print is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Etching technique: Copper plate color etching with 2 color plates / Intaglio print
Origin:  Vienna - Austria
Date: 1967
Edition: "Epreuve d'Artist" (EA) - one of 10 Artist's Proof copies - "Einer von Zehn" inscribed by the artist in pencil at the lower left margin - the whole limited edition consists of 99 impressions
Signature: "Ernst Fuchs" - signed by the artist in pencil at the lower right margin.

Our ref #: P1003/PAI042 - Click for More Details on Ernst Fuchs Etching 


Aharon Giladi - אהרון גלעדי - Mothers and Kids in front of the Kinnereth - Oil on Canvas - Click for Detailed Info

Aharon Giladi - Oil on Canvas - Mothers and Kids in front of the Kinneret

The painter Aharon Giladi settled in Israel at the age of 22, and lived many years in Kibbutz Afikim near the Kinneret Lake (Sea of Galilee). His painting is a reminiscent of his eternal love of people and the contexts in which they live. Look at the four human figures in front of the lake - Giladi does not impose them on the landscape and the surrounding objects. It looks as if the landscape has been conceived on a human scale and its colors and patterns are merged with the figures as well as disclosed behind their outlines.

אהרון גלעדי - שמן על בד - אמהות וילדים על חוף הכנרת

הציור הזה של אהרון גלעדי Aharon Giladi הוא מעשה אמן של קומפוזיציה וצבע - הרמוניה בין האדם לנוף שבו הוא חי. יפה.

It is the beautiful technique and the composition which ultimately manifest the sensitivity of Giladi's hand, translating reality into harmony in terms of relationship of object to object and rhythm to rhythm.

Size of painting (without frame): 9.1" x 1' 0.6"  -  23 cm x 32 cm  -  9.1 in x 12.6 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Oil on Canvas
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1950
Signature: "א.גלעדי" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1004/PAI107 - Click for More Details on Aharon Giladi Painting 


Aharon Giladi - אהרון גלעדי - Mother and Child - Oil on Canvas - Click for Detailed Info

Aharon Giladi - Oil on Canvas - Mother and Child

Aharon Giladi (1907-1993) is a well-known and appreciated Israeli artist. A frequently recurring motif in his paintings and drawings is figures of women carrying small children or babies in their bosoms.

אהרון גלעדי - שמן על בד - אם וילד

הנושא שחוזר יותר מכל בציוריו וברישומיו של הצייר אהרון גלעדי הוא דמויות נשים (אמהות) הנושאות בחיקן ילדים קטנים או תינוקות. לפעמים זו קבוצה של אימהות וילדים, ולפעמים, כמו בתמונה שלפנינו, אמא אחת וילד אחד. גלעדי, שהפך את הקלסתר נעדר הפרטים לסממן-זהות של ציורו, מקיף את דמויותיו בקווי-מתאר שחורים, שמעניקים לציור שילוב של אוירה מלנכולית עם הומאניות וטוב-לב של קבלת האחר. כדברי לאה גולדברג ב- 1942 על ציורי גלעדי: "יש כאן יחס טוב לכל המקיף אותנו ויחס של כאב. האישה באימהותה, דמעת הילדים, פת הלחם על השולחן שלנו (חדר האוכל בקיבוץ). אותה עזובה שבראשית-מעשה בכפר הדייגים הקטן (עין-גב) ופגישתנו הראשונה, הזהירה ביותר, עם החי אשר בטבע."

Size of painting (without frame):  7.7" x 1' 2.8"  -  19.5 cm x 37.5 cm  -  7.7 in x 14.8 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Oil on Canvas
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1950
Signature: "גלעדי" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right side of the painting. "GILADI" - signed in English by the artist on the lower left side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1005/PAI110 - Click for More Details on Aharon Giladi Painting


Aharon Giladi - Oil on Canvas - Family and Flowers - אהרון גלעדי - שמן על בד - משפחה ופרחים - Click for Detailed Info

Aharon Giladi - Oil on Canvas - Family and Flowers

In this beautiful oil painting we feel Aharon Giladi's special pulsation, the pulsing that serves him as a starting point towards the subject which he transforms without any diverting emotionalism - the human cell of the family and the beauty of the flowers.

אהרון גלעדי - שמן על בד - משפחה ופרחים

יהיה לי סיפוק רב אם התערוכה תשרה על המסתכל מנוחה נפשית - כך כתב אהרון גלעדי על ההזמנה לתערוכה שבה הוצגו עבודותיו בגלריה דוגית בתל-אביב וזהו סוד קסמו של הצייר ההומניסט המופלא שאמנותו ספגה מגופם ומרוחם של אנשים בשר ודם.

Size of painting (without frame): 9.1" x 1' 1" - 24 cm x 33 cm - 9.1 in x 13 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Oil on Canvas
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1960
Signature: "גלעדי" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1036/PAI029 - Click for More Details on Aharon Giladi Oil Painting


Aharon Giladi - אהרון גלעדי - Family at the Dining Table - Gouache Painting - Click for Detailed Info

Aharon Giladi - Gouache Painting - Family at the Dining Table

The painter Aharon Giladi (1907-1993) has been one of Israel's outstanding painters, but knowledge of his work is less widespread than it deserves to be. Giladi's philosophy, his sincerity and simplicity, his absorption in his work and his self-enfacement, inevitably excluded him from the "rarefied strata" of artists prominent in the public eye.

This gouache painting of a dining table scene is mature and unique. You cannot find in it the lightness of facile charm and over-sweetness. To love this work and to value it means study and application. Giladi's painting is the outcome of a relentless struggle and the rich human content and original beauty are not for those who take their artistic pleasures from superficial effects.

אהרון גלעדי - צבעי גואש - משפחה אל שולחן האוכל

אהרון גלעדי Aharon Giladi היה מטובי הציירים בישראל שרצינותו, מקצועיותו ותום הליכותיו מתבטאים היטב בתמונה המוצגת לפניכם - גואש נדיר משנות ה-40. לכאורה סצנה  פשוטה - שולחן, סעודה, משפחה אבל גלעדי מעמיק ולוקח אותנו אל תוך הדמויות, יחסי הגומלין ביניהן, האוירה. משפחה? גלעדי שואל שאלות ומשאיר לנו את מלאכת התשובה.

Size of painting (without frame): 9.8" x 7.9" - 19.5 cm x 37.5 cm - 9.8 in x 7.9 in
Type of frame: Wood - the gouache painting is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Gouache painting on paper
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1944
Signature: "א.גלעדי" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the right side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1018/PAI061 - Click for More Details on Aharon Giladi Painting 


Israel Paldi - Gouache & Acrylic Painting - Mother and Daughter - ישראל פלדי - גואש ואקריליק - אם ובת - Click for Detailed Info

Israel Paldi - Gouache & Acrylic Painting - Mother and Daughter

Israel Paldi (1892-1979) plays with the creatures of his imagination. He creates odd creatures, which at first glance, look as if they do not exist in reality, but on his canvas they throb with life because of their colorfulness and their existential presence. The accepted norms of ordinary painting are not to be found in these beings -  they are quite far beyond conventional beauty - but they have their own rare vitality, and a gaiety, naive and at the same time sly, which is reflected in the mischievous smile of the painter when he shows them to us.

ישראל פלדי - גואש ואקריליק - אם ובת

הצייר ישראל פלדי (1892-1979) Israel Paldi היה אמן מחוץ לשורה ששבר את כל המוסכמות וגילה יבשות חדשות כדי לאכלס בהן את יצורי דמיונו השיכורים מיין החירות האמיתית: חירות היצירה. 

Size of painting (without frame): 8.7" x 1' 0.2" - 22 cm x 31 cm - 8.7 in x 12.2 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Gouache and acrylic painting
Origin: Israel
Date: 1967
Signature: "Paldi" signed by the artist on the bottom-left corner of the painting.

Our ref #: P1030/PAI071 - Click for More Details on Israel Paldi Gouache and Acrylic Painting 


Michael Druks - מיכאל דרוקס - "Druksland" Self Portrait - Collage Drawing - Click for Detailed Info

Michael Druks - Collage Drawing - "Druksland" Self Portrait

The artist Michael Druks is renowned as an Israeli conceptual artist who lived in England and explored political identities and opinions using the idiom of personal mapping. I admit that I never fully understood the definition of Conceptual Art as "art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns", especially when this term was associated with active politics. Artist are artists and politicians are politicians and they do not mix with each other although some of them try hard. At most, artists are traumatically affected by horrors and evils caused by politicians and then express their anxiety in their art.

מיכאל דרוקס - קולאז' - דרוקסלנד

האם מיכאל דרוקס Michael Druks היה חבר בקבוצת האמנים +10? תלוי את מי שואלים. כמובן שהעבודה המרשימה ביותר שהוצגה בתערוכה של +10 ב-1969 הייתה וונוס של דרוקס - ארגז ובתוכו גוש של קלקר שממנו יצאה וונוס והשאירה אחריה חלל. דרוקס השתתף גם בתערוכת הקבוצה ב-1968 כפי שדווחה בהתלהבות צלילה אורגד מבקרת האמנות של על המשמר: "מיכאל דרוקס כרך סרט מסביב לכדור של הרבה ביצים דבוקות יחד מסומנות אפילו בתווים אדומים... אולי נתכוון לרמוז למושג "אג-הד" - ראש ביצה כפי שנוהגים האמריקאים לכנות את האינטלקטואלים שלהם?" אבל אם תשאלו אותי - מיכאל דרוקס לא היה חבר בשום קבוצה - דעתן, עצמאי, בוודאי לא מקבל הוראות מאף אג-הד. חי בארצו, בדרוקסלנד.

IMHO, this unique self portrait collage-drawing, is innocent of politics. Instead, the portrait is absorbed with the beauty of self exploration young people are engaged with on their way towards matureness. Druks tries to place the details of his life story as coordinated points and axes on his internal personality map. Places, people, encrypted secrets, feelings and dreams are vibrating behind the real flesh and skin of the artist's face - I recommend everyone to confront with their own maps.

Size of drawing (without frame): 1' 4.3" x 1' 9.3"  -  41.5 cm x 54 cm  -  16.3 in x 21.3 in
Type of frame: Metal - the collage drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Collage-drawing
Origin: England - Israel
Date: 1973
Signature: "M.DRUKS" - signed in English by the artist on the lower side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1006/PAI148 - Click for More Details on Michael Druks Collage 


Michael Druks - Self Portrait Photo Collage with Sellotape - מיכאל דרוקס - פוטו קולאז' עם סלוטייפ - Click for Detailed Info

Michael Druks - Photo Collage with Sellotape - Self Defaced Portrait

Michael Druks collage works of the early 70s had become a talking point in the local Israeli art field. In his confrontation with the evolving technological and cultural developments, Druks made use of diverse media such as photography and video, extended his work beyond the concurrent orientations in Israeli art of that period, and paved his way to the international art arena. This unique intrusive five-part photo-collage self-defaced portrait presented here, best reflects Druks convention-breaking innovation.

מיכאל דרוקס - פוטו קולאז' עם סלוטייפ - השתקה עצמית

בניגוד לתדמיתו כאמן מאלתר המשתמש בחמרים זמינים שבהישג יד, תכנן מיכאל דרוקס את עבודות הקולאז' שלו לפרטי-פרטים ובנה בקפדנות את המרכיבים והקומפוזיציות של מסע החקר העצמי שבו עסק בשנות ה-70. בעבודת הפוטו-קולאז' בת חמשת החלקים שלפנינו מכוון מיכאל דרוקס בדייקנות ישירה וכואבת אל אותו מסר אנושי המשותף לכולם ומתמקד בבסיסי, בקרוב ובמוחשי ביותר - הפנים שלנו ומה אנו רואים בעצמנו. 

Size of collages (with cardboard): 1' 3.7" x 1' 9.3" - 41.5 cm x 54 cm - 15.7 in x 21.3 in
Type of frame: not framed
Painting technique: Colored photo-collage on cardboard with Sellotape
Origin: Israel - England
Date: 1973
Signature: "M.DRUKS" - signed in English and dated by the artist on the lower right-hand side of the 5th photo-collage. This five-part work is the first and probably the sole instance 1/20 out of a planned series of 20 works which was not released.

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Michael Druks - מיכאל דרוקס - Assemblage & Collage Drawing - Click for Detailed Info

Michael Druks - "Sandwich" Assemblage & Collage Drawing - Municipal Notice Board with Tea

The Israeli artist Michael Druks (born in 1940) grew up in Tel Aviv where he became involved in dynamic theater and contemporary art. In 1971, after several months in Holland, he settled permanently in London. The basis of this fascinating personal assemblage-collage work which preceded the renowned Druksland series is a "sandwich" made of numerous layers of advertisement posters which Druks managed to cut away from municipal notice boards in Tel-Aviv of the 1970's.

מיכאל דרוקס - אסמבלאז' - לוח מודעות עירוני עם תה

מיכאל דרוקס מוכר לאוהבי האמנות הישראלית העכשווית בזכות סדרת המופת "דרוקסלנד" שבה צייר את דיוקנו כמפה טופוגרפית. האסמבלאז' - קולאז' האישי שמוצג כאן, קדם לסדרת ה"דרוקסלנד" ומתבסס על שכבות נייר המודעות שדרוקס קלף מעמודי המודעות של תל-אביב ב 1970. "סנדוויץ" רב שכבתי זה שימש את דרוקס כמצע גיאולוגי אישי שחתכים בו חושפים ומגלים את מה שמסתתר מתחת לפני השטח.

Size of drawing (without frame): 1' 1" x 1' 2.6"  -  33 cm x 37 cm  -  13 in x 14.6 in
Type of frame: Metal - the assemblage drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Assemblage - collage drawing
Origin: Israel
Date: 1971
Signature: "DRUKS 1971" - signed in English by the artist on the lower side of the painting.

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Michael Druks - מיכאל דרוקס - Politicians on Stage - Ink and Paint on Paper - Click for Detailed Info

Michael Druks - Ink and Synthetic Paint on Paper - Politicians on Stage

1967 - five grotesque politicians in a short break in which, while being away for a few minutes from the admiring eyes of their followers, they allow themselves to go loose a little. What's on their agenda? read more...

מיכאל דרוקס - צבע ודיו על ניר - פוליטיקאים שהשתחררו

אני אוהב את הציור המוקדם הזה של דרוקס בשל "המימד החתרני וההומוריסטי" שבו כפי שהתבטא העיתונאי שסיקר את עבודותיו של מיכאל דרוקס מן התקופה שבה שיתף פעולה עם המחזאי חנוך לוין. מה חתרני ומה הומוריסטי - זה כבר יותר קשה להסביר. האמת, אני אוהב את הציור הזה כי הוא ציור טוב של צייר טוב: צבע, קו, קומפוזיציה, תוכן. מיקצועי.

Size of drawing (without frame): 9.6" x 6.7"  -  24.5 cm x 17 cm  -  9.6 in x 6.7 in
Type of frame: Wood - the painting is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Ink and synthetic paint on paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1967
Signature: "1967 דרוקס" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower side of the painting.

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Michael Druks Assemblage: Wooden Objects with Forks - מיכאל דרוקס - פסל אסמבלאז' - אימומים מזלגות וכפית - Click for Detailed Info

Michael Druks - Assemblage Sculpture - Wooden Objects with Forks

In 1966, the artist Michael Druks exhibited a series of assemblages which contained "feeling-conducting-objects" such as wooden mannequin, shoe lasts, balls and beads incorporated with metal found elements, silverware, buttons and pins. Each one of these rare assemblages conducted a story, an idea, and was assembled in a way which reflects artistic intensiveness as well as enigmatism. Druks's assemblage sculpture presented here deals with mankind predators' nature. 

מיכאל דרוקס - פסל אסמבלאז' - אימומים מזלגות וכפית

מיכאל דרוקס נחשף לראשונה לציבור "הקוראים" הישראלי בתערוכה שהתקיימה בבית הסטודנט באוניברסיטת תל-אביב ב-1966 שבה הציג קולאז'ים ואסמבלאז'ים אוונגארדים מחפצים מצויים וגרוטאות. באסמבלאז'ים של דרוקס כיכבו אובייקטים שונים ומשונים שהצירוף ביניהם יצר מתח סיפורי חידתי. מרבית העבודות מתקופה זו אבדו - האסמבלאז' המדהים המוצג כאן לפניכם נשמר בקפדנות. בין אלה שיזהו נכונה מהיכן לקח דרוקס את אימומי העץ ששולבו בעבודה יוגרל מזלג.

Height of assemblage: 24 cm - 9.5 in
Width of assemblage: 49 cm - 19.3 in
Depth of assemblage: 10 cm - 3.9 in
Height of cuboid pedestal: 5 cm - 2 in
Assemblage materials: Wooden elements, balls and silverware
Pedestal material: Wood - assemblage attached to pedestal by the artist
Assemblage technique: Assembly
Origin: Israel
Date: 1966
Signature: "D RUKS" - signed in English by the artist on the left side of the assemblage's wooden base.

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Buky Schwartz - Assemblage Drawing - Cotton Thread - Line from C to D - 1971 - בוקי שוורץ - אסמבלאז - Click for Detailed Info

Buky Schwartz - Assemblage Drawing - Cotton Thread Line from C to D

Buky Schwartz (1932 - 2009) was one of the Israeli born artists who came back to Israel in the mid 60's after finishing his art studies in London to take part in the local Conceptualism art movement. In his pursue to cope with the Conceptualism challenges he gave up the traditional tools and language and freed his artistic expression from structural constraints. The amazing assemblage drawing "Line from C to D" best reflects Buky's core desire to draft his love of mathematics to put order into the existential chaos - represented here by a hopelessly entangled lump of 125 meter of black cotton thread.

בוקי שוורץ - אסמבלאז' - קו מ-C ל-D

הקו של בוקי שוורץ מתחיל בנקודה C ומסתיים בנקודה אחרת D. הדרך מ-C ל-D מסובכת, מפותלת, מקופלת לתוך עצמה לפקעת בלתי חדירה של חוט כותנה שחור. העולם לפי בוקי שוורץ משול לפקעת: מסובך, כאוטי, מפחיד. תפקיד האמן לפי בוקי שוורץ הוא לנסות לחולל סדר ולשכנע שהשקפה על העולם מנקודה שונה יכולה לחולל בו סדר. באסמבלז' המדהים שלפנינו הוא עושה זאת באמצעות הנקודות: C ו-D מצויות בדיוק באותו צד של העולם - לפחות בהתחלה ובסוף יש סדר.

Size of drawing (without frame): 1' 7.7" x 2' 3.6" - 50 cm x 70 cm - 19.7 in x 35.4 in
Type of frame: Wood - the assemblage is under glass, framed without passe-partout
Painting technique: Assemblage drawing
Origin: Israel
Date: 1971
Signature: "Buky 71" - signed in English by the artist on the lower side of the painting.

Our ref #: P1038/PAI081 - Click for More Details on Buky Schwartz Assemblage Drawing


Osias Hofstatter - Ink on Paper - אוזיאש הופשטטר - רישום דיות - הבה נהיה שמחים - Click for Detailed Info

Osias Hofstatter - Ink on Paper - Let us be Cheerful

Osias Hofstatter (1905-1994) represents the complete artist, a man of knowledge, a skeptic philosopher who never tires of examining the mysteries of life. A humanist and aesthete who touches the most delicate fiber of human pain. He examines suffering but does not wallow in it, and succeeds to a great extent in rising above it. Thus he manages to express universal feeling and thoughts, whose concept of time is infinite - Yoav Dagon (Herzliya Museum Director 1981-1993)

אוזיאש הופשטטר - רישום דיות - הבה נהיה שמחים

רישום הדיות המרהיב הזה של אוזיאש הופשטטר - הבה נהיה שמחים, נעשה בדיו שחור ומשולבות בו חריטות וגירודים בדף, בקצה המכחול, בקיסם ובציפורן, שיוצרות מתח של מקצב חדש, לא צפוי, פרי הפנטסיה הפנימית המאופקת של רב האמן.

Size of painting (without frame): 11.8" x 8.3" - 30 cm x 21 cm - 11.8 in x 8.3 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Ink on Paper, Tempera
Origin: Israel
Date: 1964
Signature: "Hofstatter" - signature on the right bottom corner of the ink drawing.

Our ref #: P1024/PAI032 - Click for More Details on Osias Hofstatter Ink Drawing 


Osias Hofstatter Drawings and Prints - The Joy of Life - אוזיאש הופשטטר רישומים והדפסים - שמחת חיים

Osias Hofstatter - Drawings and Prints - The Joy of Life

The stigma of "The painter of the Holocaust" and Hofstatter's preference for using black ink as a symbolic choice, channel the work of Osias Hofstatter into a narrow and limited path. A closer look at his paintings and drawings which mirror the artist's intimate world and also express the spirit of the era and the universality of human beings, is needed in order to free oneself from existing conventions and see the beauty and joy of life in Hofstatter's work. - Yoav Dagon (Herzliya Museum Director 1981-1993)

אוזיאש הופשטטר - רישומים והדפסים - שמחת חיים

הדמויות בשני הציורים של אוזיאש הופשטטר, שיר השירים ושמחת חיים, המוצגים כאן לפניכם, מרחפות גבוה מעל הזמן והמקום על גלי שמחת החיים המוזרה של יוצרן - שמחת חיים של מי שראה הכל ובחר באהבה.

Osias Hofstatter - Artist's Proof Lithography - Song of Songs
Size of lithography (without frame): 11.8" x 8.3" - 17.5 cm x 15.5 cm - 11.8 in x 8.3 in
Type of frame: Wood - the print is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Printing technique: Lithography
Origin: Israel
Date: 1975
Edition: "Artist Proof" (AP) - one of 5 artist's approved copies - the whole limited edition consists of 50 impressions
Title: "Song of Songs 3, 4-5" inscribed by the artist
Signature: "Hofstatter" - signed by the artist on the right bottom corner of the lithograph

Osias Hofstatter - Ink on Paper - Lebensfreude - The Joy of Life
Size of painting (without frame): 11.8" x 8.3" - 33 cm x 23 cm - 11.8 in x 8.3 in
Type of frame: Wood - the ink drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Ink on Paper, Tempera
Origin: Israel
Date: 1969
Signature: "Hofstatter" - signature on the left bottom corner of the ink drawing.

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Jacques Katmor - Half Nude Woman - Ink Paint on Paper - ז'ק קתמור - עירום אשה - Click for Detailed Info

Jacques Katmor - Ink Paint on Paper - Woman in Half Nude

The Israeli artist Jacques Katmor (1938-2001) was a charismatic person who took with him a group of young Israelis which didn't find their place in the narrow minded monolithic society of that time. He himself was an outsider - he grew in a rich Jewish family, detached from its society, in Cairo. As a young boy he studied in French speaking schools and later went to learn art in Paris. He came to Israel at the age of 22. He was older than most of his followers, which helped him to become their guru - they called themselves The Third Eye hinting on their ideology and desire to look into the spiritual dimension of reality.

At that time (1968-1972) The Third Eye members were considered by most of the Israeli newspapers as a mere curiosity and a subject of ridicule. The Israeli police was searching Katmor's house regularly for drugs, a practice which eventually contribute to his decision to leave the country. However, to my humble opinion, which is aided by the perspectives of time, the impact he and his group left upon the Israeli society and culture cannot be dismissed. Their activities did add, in some direct and indirect ways, to a deep cultural change of direction. Moreover, I believe that this was mainly due to the fact that Jacques Katmor truly believed in what he was doing - he was not pretending. His quest was an honest and genuine one as well as this beautiful ink paint on paper painting.

ז'ק קתמור - דיו על ניר - אשה בחצי עירום

אישה צעירה ויפה, מתפשטת או מתלבשת ?

ממה שהציור שלפנינו מספר, אני מרגיש שז'אק מורי קתמור היה אמן רציני - אולי רציני מדי, שהלך רחוק בתהליך החקירה והנסיון להבין מהו אותו סוד שבאשה ובנשיות.

Size of painting (without frame): 6.9" x 10.4" - 17.5 cm x 26.5 cm - 6.9 in x 10.4 in
Type of frame: Wood - the painting is under glass is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Ink paint on paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1966
Signature: "JMORI KATMOR 66" - signed in English by the artist on the right-bottom of the painting.

Our ref #: P1021/PAI151 - Click for More Details Jacques Katmor Painting 


Norman Kulkin - A Woman in front of a Graffiti Wall - Painted Photograph - Click for Detailed Info

Norman Kulkin - Painted Photograph - A Woman in front of a Graffiti Wall

Norman Kulkin is a contemporary photographer and visual artist located in Los Angeles, specializing in re-painting and re-processing of vernacular anonymous vintage photographs. Norman believes that when anonymous photographs find their way out of their original private meaning, they can be reborn to become full of new visual contextual meaning.

The subject of this early painted photograph which Norman took in Israel on 1972 was not anonymous at all - the girl in the picture was at that time a member of a local art group called "The 3rd Eye" with whom Kulkin was associated. Look at the gentleness and beauty that radiates from this art piece - it is far from being vernacular.

נורמן קולקין - צילום  ציור - גרפיטי

האמן האמריקאי נורמן קולקין Norman Kulkin פגש את הדוגמנית דולי סיסו Doli Sisso בתחילת שנות השבעים בחוגי קבוצת האמנים האוונגארדית "העין השלישית" שפרחה בתל-אביב בתקופה ההיא - את היופי והעדינות של החיבור ביניהם רואים בתמונה מיוחדת זו.

Size of painting: 9.4" x 7.1"  -  24 cm x 18 cm  -  9.4 in x 7.1 in
Type of frame: Back made of solid wood - the painting is under glass coupled with 4 metal clips
Painting technique: Painted photograph
Origin: Israel
Date: 1972
Signature: "Kulkin 1972 TA" - signed in English by the artist on the right-bottom of the painting.

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Yosl Bergner - ליטוגרפיה נדירה  יוסל ברגנר - Carnival in the Alley - Rare Lithograph - Click for Detailed Info

Yosl Bergner - Rare Lithograph - Carnival in the Alley

This rare lithograph is a work of Yosl Bergner from the time he started designing and drawing the settings for Nissim Aloni theater plays in the late 50s. The theater dramatically changed the way he painted: the fixed and realistic formats of his painting style until that time, began to fade away and his images became less realistic and more ethereal and symbolic. This beautiful lithograph reflects the formation of new rules of time and space in Yosl's private theater.

יוסל ברגנר - ליטוגרפיה - קרנבל בסימטה

העבודה בתיאטרון בסוף שנות החמישים ובתחילת שנות השישים, שנתה את אופי ציוריו של יוסל ברגנר בצורה דרמטית וליטוגרפיה נדירה זו מדגימה היטב את המהפך. האווירה, הדמויות, חוקי הזמן והמקום, שונים מן המציאות הריאלית שאפיינה את ציוריו בשנים שקדמו לעבודתו בתיאטרון. על הבמה ניתן ליצור מציאות חדשה, מנותקת מהגיון החיים שבחוץ ויוסל התמכר לחופש בכל מאודו.

Size of painting (without frame):  1' 3.6" x 1' 10"  -  39.5 cm x 56 cm  -  15.6 in x 22 in
Type of frame: Wood - the lithograph is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Lithograph
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1960
Edition: Impression no 20 out of 100 - 20/100 inscribed by the artist in pencil at the lower right margin - the whole limited edition consists of 100 impressions
Signature: "יוסל ברגנר" - hand signed in Hebrew by Yosl Bergner on the lower left side. The name of the artist in Hebrew is also a part of the lithograph at the bottom of the picture.

Our ref #: P1007/PAI149 - Click for More Details on Yosl Bergner Lithograph 


Yosl Bergner - קופסת בשמים - רישום פחם -   יוסל ברגנר - Dancing Jewish Spice Box - Charcoal Pencil on Paper - Click for Detailed Info

Yosl Bergner - Charcoal Pencil on Paper - Dancing Jewish Spice Box

This charcoal drawing of a traditional dancing spice box ("Suman Bixalle" in Yiddish) smells of joy and mirthfulness - this is Yosl Bergner unique way of transforming a ritual Judaica item into a sparkling human metaphor. Yosl Bergner, the son of the Yiddish poet Melech Ravitch was born in Austria in 1920 and spent his childhood in Warsaw, Poland. In 1937 he emigrated to Australia and in 1951 he made Aliya to Israel. The immigrants in his paintings appear in the guise of their possessions: the pots, the pans, the oil lamps, the jugs, the graters and the spice-boxes symbolize the Jewish people that succeed in floating above the intolerable reality.

יוסל ברגנר - רישום פחם - קופסת בשמים

רישום פחם נדיר בהינף יד של אמן גדול - יוסל ברגנר הקליל שמצליח "להוציא" צורה כה מתוחכמת ובו זמנית כה מופרכת של מגדל / קופסת בשמים מסורתית הנראית כליצן הזוי ומתוזז.

Size of painting (without frame):  9.8" x 1' 1.6" - 25 cm x 34.5 cm - 9.8 in x 13.6 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass
Painting technique: Charcoal pencil on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1965
Signature: "יוסל ברגנר" - hand signed in Hebrew by Yosl Bergner on the lower right side of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1014/PAI156 - Click for More Details on Yosl Bergner Drawing  


David Hendler - דוד הנדלר - A Woman with a Baby - Click for Detailed Info

David Hendler - Pencil on Paper - A Woman with a Baby

David Hendler (1904 - 1984) is an esteemed Israeli painter and one of the best drawers that came out of this country. Hendler was born in Russia, studied drawing in Prague and arrived in Israel in 1924. He was a penniless talented artist who did not take part in the constitutive mechanisms of the world of art in Israel - he did not belong to any art group, refused to work with art galleries and avoided being exhibited in museums. His wife, Aviva Uri, was his model, his inspiration and his obsession.

דוד הנדלר - רישום - אביבה אורי עם תינוקת

אביבה אורי יושבת על ספה או מטה, תינוקת קטנטנה על ברכיה, לאות של אם אחרי לידה, מבט בוהה. דוד הנדלר David Hendler הרשם המושלם, הקפיא את הרגע בעין מתבוננת רגישה ובזריזות יד שאין שני לה. מאסטרפיס.

Size of painting (without frame): 11.4" x 1' 2.6"  -  29 cm x 37 cm  -  11.4 in x 14.6 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Pencil on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1947
Signature: "דוד הנדלר" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the bottom of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1009/PAI157 - Click for More Details on David Handler Drawing 


David Hendler - דוד הנדלר - A Portrait of a Woman - Aviva Uri - Click for Detailed Info

David Hendler - Charcoal on Paper - A Portrait of a Woman

The Israeli painter David Hendler used to go from door to door in Tel-Aviv and offer his paintings and drawings like a peddler, for ridiculously low prices. In Hendler's drawings which came on the market and were originated from the houses in Tel-Aviv that he visited on his daily turns around, one finds recurrent themes and subjects such as carriage and horses, luggage wagons and semi-rural landscapes which were chosen by the artist due to their popularity among his customers. When Hendler painted a woman - this was another story which flowed out from his total and unconditional love to his wife Aviva.

דוד הנדלר - רישום פחם - דיוקן אביבה אורי

דוד הנדלר היה רשם מושלם שאהב את אשתו מאד מאד.

Size of painting (without frame): 10.6" x 1' 2.6"  -  27 cm x 37 cm  -  10.6 in x 14.6 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Charcoal on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1951
Signature: "ד הנדלר" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the right-bottom of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1011/PAI097 - Click for More Details on David Handler Drawing 


David Hendler - דוד הנדלר - Horses and a Wagon watercolor aquarelle - Click for Detailed Info

David Hendler Watercolor / Aquarelle - Two Horses and a Wagon

This powerful aquarelle by David Hendler is a great master piece of pencil drawing and watercolor painting dated 1930. Hendler formed a perfect composition with light paintbrush outlines which capture the essence of the heavy going horses after a day of labor. David Hendler, "the painter of Tel Aviv" was never part of any art-salon and lived a hand-to-mouth existence. Only after his death in 1984 at the age of eighty, his skilful paintings are being given the attention they deserve.

דוד הנדלר - רישום אקוורל ודיו - סוסים ועגלה

סוסי משא ועגלות עבודה היו חלק אינטגראלי מחיי היום-יום בעיר שבה חי דוד הנדלר עשרות שנים ושאת נופיה תעד באינטימיות מופלאה - ארלוזורוב פינת יהושע בן נון  - חניון העגלונים בתל אביב.

Size of painting (without frame): 2' 1.2" x 1' 6.9"  -  64 cm x 48 cm  -  25.2 in x 18.9 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Pencil and watercolor on paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1930
Signature: "דוד הנדלר" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the right-bottom of the painting.

Our ref #: P1015/PAI077 - Click for More Details on David Handler Aquarelle 


Abraham Atzmon - Pastel Drawing - Landscape - אברהם עצמון - פסטל - נוף - Click for Detailed Info

Avraham Azmon - Pastel Drawing - Landscape

Avraham Azmon (1917-2008) is an exceptional figure among the first generation of the Israeli painters. While the family and cultural roots of most of them can be traced to Europe (mainly eastern Europe), Azmon was born in Israel to a Yemenite Jews family. He was born in 1917 in a rather poor, hard working class neighborhood of Tel-Aviv, on the border between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, called "Mahane Yoseph" (the camp of Joseph).

אברהם עצמון - פסטל - נוף

אברהם עצמון נולד ב-1917 בשכונת מחנה יוסף שהוקמה ע"י עולים מתימן ב-1904 על גבול תל-אביב יפו. אביו היה חזן. אברהם זכה לחינוך דתי מסורתי ונשלח, כילדים רבים בתקופה ההיא, לעבוד מיד לאחר סיום בית הספר העממי. על רקע זה מפתיעה ומפליאה דבקותו של אברהם עצמון באמנות והביטוי העשיר והמיוחד שמצאה נפשו האצילית בציור.

Size of painting (without frame): 9.4" x 6.7" - 24 cm x 17 cm - 9.4 in x 6.7 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Pastel and watercolor on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1970
Signature: "א.עצמון"- signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right corner of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1023/PAI089 - Click for More Details on Avraham Azmon Pastel Landscape 


Mordechai Moreh - Color Etching & Drypoint - The Prophet - מרדכי מורה - תחריט צבעוני - הנביא - Click for Detailed Info

Mordechai Moreh - Color Etching & Drypoint - The Prophet

The Israeli painter and print master Mordechai Moreh was born in Baghdad in 1937 and immigrated to Israel in 1951 where he studied at Bezalel in the years 1955-59. He also studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and in Paris. Moreh is considered a master in the intaglio techniques of etching, dry-point and colored engraving. The mysterious print presented here "The Prophet" combines these methods into a tender yet exuberant fantastical and strictly disciplined work where imagination and reality beautifully coexist. 

מרדכי מורה - תחריט צבעוני - הנביא

המסטר של אמנויות ההדפס, מרדכי מורה, לא זכה לחיבוקו של הממסד האמנותי הישראלי ורק מעט מעבודותיו האיכותיות מוצגות במוזיאונים המקומיים. בתחריטיו הוא בורא עולמות משובצי פנטסיה המאורגנת במשמעת קפדנית. העולם בתחריט המופלא שלפנינו נשלט על ידי עץ סבוך שהנביא הבודד, רכוב על גבי אייל הוא פריו המוזר.

"למדתי פרקים שלמים מהתנ"ך בעל פה. התאהבתי בנביאים. בעיקר הערצתי את פרקי הנחמה של ישעיהו או הפסוק הנפלא של ירמיה הנביא: מצא חן במדבר עם שרידי חרב הלוך להרגיעו ישראל... הייתה לי התפעמות מיוחדת מאוצר המילים, מהמקצב, מעוצמתה של הנבואה" אומר מרדכי מורה.

Size of etching plate: 10.4" x 1' 1" - 26.5 cm x 33 cm - 10.4 in x 13 in
Size of visible print paper: 10.6" x 1' 1.8" - 27 cm x 35 cm - 10.6 in x 11 in
Size of frame: 1' 4.9" x 1' 8.5" - 43 cm x 52 cm - 16.9 in x 20.5 in
Type of frame: Wood - the art print is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Etching technique: Copper plate etching, drypoint and A la poupee coloring
Origin: Paris / Israel
Date: 1965
Edition: Impression no 20 out of 35 - 20/35 inscribed by the artist in pencil at bottom of the print - the whole limited edition consists of 35 impressions
Signature: "מורה" in Hebrew, "Moreh" in English - signed by the artist in pencil at bottom of the print.

Our ref #: P1034/PAI039 - Click for more details on Mordechai Moreh Etching Drypoint 


Johnny Friedlander - Aquatint Etchings of Animals - ג'וני פרידלנדר - תחריטי אקווטינט של בעלי חיים

Johnny Friedlander - Aquatint Etchings of Animals

Johnny Friedlender (1912-1992) was one of the most important masters and teachers of aquatint and colored etching of the post-war years. His innovative techniques and advanced artistic approach influenced many of the leading print artists of the twentieth century. Two of his scarce early works - figurative animals aquatint etchings from the beginning of the 50s - are presented here. These works best represent Friedlaender's distinctive and instantly recognizable style.

ג'וני פרידלנדר - הדפסי אקווטינט של בעלי חיים

הדפסי האקווטינטה של המייסטר האמן ג'וני פרילנדר נמנים על מיטב עבודות הדפוס האמנותי של המאה העשרים. פרידלנדר פיתח שיטות ייחודיות של תחריט-תצריב והשתמש באפקטים המיוחדים של טכניקה לא-קלה זו להפקת יצירות מיוחדות במינן. סדרת הדפסי החיות המונוכרומטיים מתחילת שנות ה-50 נחשבת לאחת מגולות הכותרת של יצירתו. 

"אין בעבודתי כל גורם של מקריות - הגישה שלי מאורגנת בצורה מחמירה. אני מבטא את הרעיונות שחולפים בראשי בצורה של רישומים רבים ולאחר מכן, בדומה לפיתוח תמה מוזיקאלית אני ממשיך לעבד אותם על לוח הנחושת." אמר ג'וני פרילנדר.

Johnny Friedlaender - Aquatint Etching - Trois Chevaux
Size of etching plate: 1' 4.5" x 1' 7.7" - 42 cm x 50 cm - 16.5 in x 19.7 in
Size of visible print paper: 1' 7.7" x 2' 1.6" - 50 cm x 65 cm - 19.7 in x 25.6 in
Size of frame: 1' 11.6" x 2' 6.7" - 60 cm x 78 cm - 23.6 in x 30.7 in
Type of frame: Wood - the art print is under glass
Etching technique: Copper plate mono chrome / duo chrome aquatint etching - brown & black
Origin: French
Date: 1951
Edition: "Epreuve d'Artist" (EA) - one of 6 artist's approved copies - the whole limited edition consists of 60 impressions
Signature: "Friedlaender" - signed by the artist in pencil at the lower right margin. 

Johnny Friedlaender - Aquatint Etching - Quatre Oiseaux
Size of etching plate: 1' 1.4" x 1' 5.5" - 34 cm x 44.5 cm - 13.4 in x 17.5 in
Size of visible print paper: 1' 4.5" x 1' 7.7" - 42 cm x 50 cm - 16.5 in x 19.7 in
Size of frame: 1' 5.7" x 2' 2" - 45 cm x 66 cm - 17.7 in x 26 in
Type of frame: Wood - the art print is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Etching technique: Copper plate mono chrome / duo chrome aquatint etching - brown & black
Origin: French
Date: 1952
Edition: Special un-numbered edition produced by Musee du Louvre Chalcograpie
Signature: "Friedlaender" - signed by the artist in pencil at the lower right margin.

Our ref #: P1031/PAI078/PAI090 - Click for More Details on Johnny Friedlander Aquatint Etchings 


Tuvia Beeri - טוביה בארי - אקווטינט - Aquatint Etching - Click for Detailed Info

Tuvia Beeri - Aquatint Etching - Cosmos with Nebula

Tuvia Beeri is one of the pioneers of the art of etching in Israel who developed in the early sixties his own unique style and artistic language. Although he was one of the founders of the Israeli famous "10+ group" which is associated today mainly with the name of Raffi Lavie, Beeri says that first and foremost he is an individualist. To my opinion - Beeri is a great master artist in the art of aquatint etching which is sadly disappearing.

טוביה בארי - הדפס אקווטינט - קוסמוס

הצורות הגיאומטריות, ומשטחי צבע האמורפיים, רכי השוליים ודמויי הערפיליות שמסביבן, יוצרים יחד סביבה ראשונית מסתורית - מרחב קוסמי, חלל חיצון אשר בו מרחפים גרמי שמיים.

"היום עבר זמנו של התחריט. זה לא הולך, לא בארץ ולא בעולם" אומר טוביה בארי.

Size of etching plate: 8.7" x 10.4" - 22 cm x 26.5 cm - 8.7 in x 10.4 in
Size of visible print paper: 9.1" x 11" - 23 cm x 28 cm - 9.1 in x 11 in
Size of frame: 1' 2.6" x 1' 8.5" - 37 cm x 52 cm - 14.6 in x 20.5 in
Type of frame: Wood - the art print is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Etching technique: Copper plate color etching - aquatint
Origin: Tel Aviv - Israel
Date: 1966
Edition: "Epreuve d'Artist" (EA) - one of 6 artist's approved copies - the whole limited edition consists of 80 impressions
Signature: "Beeri" - signed by the artist in pencil on the lower right margin.

Our ref #: P1019/PAI017 - Click for More Details on Tuvia Beeri Etching 


Samuel (Shmuel) Tepler - Harbor View - שמואל טפלר - נוף נמל - Oil on Canvas - Click for Detailed Info

Samuel (Shmuel) Tepler - Oil on Canvas - Harbor View

The Jewish painter Samuel Tepler (1918-1998) was born in Poland and spent many years in an effort to survive the dreadful tempest which flooded Europe in those years. Tepler came from a deeply traditional and religious family, and encountered major obstacles in materializing his artistic talent and his interest in painting. This beautiful and delicate oil painting of Jaffa harbor view is an unique abstract expression of the artist's inner world - a profound and indissoluble bond between the artist's life and the artist's painting.

שמואל טפלר - שמן על בד - נוף נמל

שמואל טפלר - צייר דגול שהפנה עורף ל"שמאלץ" האקפרסיוניסטי ושילב בצורה ייחודית ומופלאה, את רוחו של היהודי הנודד עם מסורות הציור האיטלקי ואת ראייתו השירית האבסטרקטית עם יכולותיו הפיגורטיביות הגבוהות - אמן משיכות המכחול על הבד.

Size of painting (without frame): 8.5" x 4.1" - 21.7 cm x 10.5 cm -  8.5 in x 4.1 in
Type of frame: Wood & cloth
Painting technique: Oil on Canvas
Origin: Israel
Date: 1968
Signature: "טפלר" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the on left-bottom of the painting

Our ref #: P1020/PAI121 - Click for More Details on Samuel (Shmuel) Tepler Painting 


Samuel (Shmuel) Tepler - Oil on Canvas - Interior: Still Life - דומם על שולחן כחול - שמואל טפלר - שמן על בד - Click for Detailed Info

Samuel (Shmuel) Tepler - Oil on Canvas - Interior: Still Life on a Blue Table

Shmuel Tepler has suffered and lived through great and immense tragedies which without doubt have caused him hard blows and great spiritual sufferings, but his art is not based upon the tragic or the pathetic, though legitimate evocations of the tragedies he has lived, he never mentions them and is reluctant to talk of these moments and of himself - he seems to have almost decided to forget it all and is willing to concentrate on his art, the only interest he has.

Mario Lepore - 1971

שמואל טפלר - שמן על בד - דומם על שולחן כחול

ציוריו הבשלים של שמואל טפלר משנות ה-70 הם תוצר של תהליך התבגרות סיגנונית ארוך משולב עם התבוננות מדיטטיבית עמוקה אל תוך עולמו הפנימי. טפלר משתמש במופעים פשוטים של נושאים יום-יומיים כבסיס להפעלת שיטות ציור ובניית קומפוזיציות שיעדן להגיע אל הביטוי האינטימי והלירי של רגשותיו. זהו סוד הציור המופשט האמיתי והמיוחד של שמואל טפלר.

Size of painting (without frame): 1' 3.4" x 11.4" - 39 cm x 29 cm - 15.4 in x 11.4 in
Type of frame: Wood
Painting technique: Oil on Canvas
Origin: Israel
Date: 1975
Signature: "Tepler" signed in English by the artist near the upper left corner of the painting

Our ref #: P1027/PAI122 - Click for More Details on Shmuel Tepler Still Life Painting


Mirit Cohen - Panda on Wooden Cardboard - מירית כהן - פנדה ועיפרון על קרטון ועץ - הודעה לציבור - Click for Detailed Info

Mirit Cohen - Panda & Pencil on Wooden Cardboard - Message to the Public

Mirit Cohen (1945-1990) was a fierce and unerring artist. She was hilariously funny but her humor was not a barrel of laughs, it was a gargoyle grimace that reflected the pathology of our times. There was a suddenness in her life and work that had the quality of a mystic leap. For Mirit Cohen art and morality were inextricable. Her morality scorched her skin, compressed her art, blackened her blood. Pain was the constant elaboration of her every moment, her intellect and feelings. Her disappointments were studded with thirsts and desires, jokes and Hasidic asides. The flashes of insights were magnetic storms shooting through her head.

Joshua Neustein, 1994

מירית כהן - פנדה ועיפרון על קרטון ועץ - הודעה לציבור

עם הזמן למדתי את שפת הסימנים של מירית כהן וטיילתי הלוך וחזור לאורך רצפי הקודים. העובדה שלא יכולתי להצמיד להם סיפור או תוכנית, לא מנעה ממני להנות ממורכבותם ויופיים כמו גם מזיכרון עיניה הירוקות הנהדרות.

Size of painting (central board): 9.8" x 1' 0.6" - 25 cm x 32 cm - 9.8 in x 12.6 in
Size of painting (with background): 2' 0.4" x 2' 0.4" - 62 cm x 62 cm - 24.4 in x 24.4 in
Type of frame: Wood & glass - originally framed by the artist
Painting technique: Pastel Panda and Pencil painting and carving on wooden cardboard
Origin: Israel
Date: 1971
Signature: "מירית" signed by the artist in Hebrew on the upper right corner of the lower panel of the painting.

Our ref #: P1032/PAI023 - Click for More Details on Mirit Cohen Panda & Pencil Painting


The Israeli artist Raffi Lavie - Mixed Technique on Paper - Click for Detailed Info

Raffi Lavie - Mixed Technique on Paper - Mushroom with Self Examination

The Israeli avant-garde artist Raffi Lavie (1937-2007) a painter, teacher, art critic and classical music connoisseur, was a charismatic figure in the local art scene. In the 60's, Lavie founded the "10+" group which was involved in a series of theme exhibitions that brought the Israeli audience current international trends, mainly the concept of Conceptual Art. The last exhibition of the "10+" group was the scandalous Mattresses show in Dugith Art Galerry, September 1970 which consisted of piles of mattresses thrown on the floor and hanging on the wall - a grandiose funeral for an avant-garde art movement that was born as an ideological movement and buried as a platform for the first appearance of numerous young and talented artists.

In the 70s, Lavie was the head of another local artistic movement known as the "Want of Matter" due to its adherence to inexpensive, ascetic materials such as plywood, cardboard and the use of collage. This minimalist style was considered to be a sort of a Tel Aviv artistic manifesto, associated with the renowned art school "Hamidrasha", led by Raffi Lavie at that time. As a cultural educator and art leader, the works of Raffi Lavie were associated with a continued reassessment and redefinition process of the Israeli aesthetics, ethos and ideology.

The beautiful and gentle mixed technique drawing presented to you here, was drawn in 1968 and expresses a different side of Raffi Lavie which was not exposed in his public and famous works - an intimate, yet accurate self examination process.

רפי לביא - טכניקה מעורבת על נייר - חשבון נפש

התמונה של רפי לביא המוצגת כאן שונה ממרבית עבודותיו: מושקעת, מדקדקת בפרטים, עמוסה וחודרת. אין זכר לקלילות המוחצנת ולהתנהלות הבימתית המתריסה שאיפיינו אותו, להיפך זהו חשבון נפש פנימי ונוקב - את הציור הזה הוא לא צייר על דיקט.

Size of painting (without frame):  11.8" x 8.3"  -  30 cm x 21 cm  -  11.8 in x 8.3 in
Type of frame: Metal - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Mixed technique (chalk, pastel, ink, pencil) on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1968
Signature: "רפי - 68" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on left-bottom of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1010/PAI100 - Click for More Details on Raffi Lavie Painting 


The Israeli artist Yehezkel Streichman - Aquarelle - יחזקאל שטרייכמן - Click for Detailed Info

Yehezkel Streichman - Aquarelle - Lyrical Abstraction

The Israeli painter Yehezkel Streichman (1906-1993) was born in Lithuanian and immigrated to Israel at the age of 20. He studied at the Bezalel School of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. He then returned to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he became an influential force in the development of the New Horizons (Ofakim Hadashim) art group which sought to free Israeli art from its naive and Expressionist tendencies.

Yehezkel Streichman is an intimate artist and this "view from the window" abstract aquarelle is delicate.

יחזקאל שטרייכמן - אקוורל - מראה מן החלון

יחזקאל שטרייכמן נמנה עם בכירי האמנים הישראלים בכל הזמנים: רב-אמן שהיה למקור סמכות מלומד, אך מעולם לא חדל מלחקור, להתנסות ולהעמיק בכדי להגיע לאיכויות גבוהות בציוריו.

"שטרייכמן מגבש באמצעות צבע המים, ערכי ביטוי ליריים; הוא מוותר על המרכיבים הקווניים, מגדירי הצורות, ומרכז את הצבע בגוונים ספורים. במקום הצורה הנעלמת והולכת, הוא מעשיר את איכותו החומרית של הצבע" מתוך סקירתו של יונה פישר על זרם ההפשטה הלירית באמנות הישראלית של שנות ה-60.

Size of painting (without frame): 1' 6.5" x 1' 11.6" - 47 cm x 60 cm - 18.5 in x 23.6 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Aquarelle - watercolors on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1960
Signature: "י.שטריכמן - 60" - signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower part of the aquarelle.

Our ref #: P1017/PAI127 - Click for More Details on Yehezkel Streichman Aquarelle


Mordechai Levanon - Pencil Drawing - Jerusalem View - מרדכי לבנון - Click for Detailed Info

Mordechai Levanon - Pencil Drawing - View of Jerusalem

"Mordechai Levano's (1901-1968) works have the magical quality of a world created through a poetic-artistic vision which is his alone."

This is how the writer David Giladi opens his retrospective book Mordechai Levanon's - the Artist and his Work and indeed this phrase best describes the oeuvre of a magnificent painter who re-invented the rules of the Israeli landscape painting. His colleagues said that the Bible was never out of his hand and that he was considered by his fellow painters to be a mystic and non-communicative person - his spoken language like his painting, was a language of his own.

"It was impossible to argue with Levanon", they said, not only because he insisted on going in his own way, but also, and especially, because he was not a good talker and when he did joined a conversation it was to "emit" a few words, generally abstract, rather odd, and having little connection with the subject - as though he spoke from another world.

מרדכי לבנון - רישום - נוף ירושלמי

מרדכי לבנון, בנו של רב בעיירה בטרנסילבניה, עלה לארץ ישראל בהיותו בן עשרים. עד עלייתו הכיר את ארץ הקודש מסיפורי התנ"ך ומשהגיע לארץ התמזגה תפישתו הרוחנית המיסטית של ארץ ישראל עם הנופים הפיזיים הממשיים שראה.

"כולנו ציירנו את סלעי ירושלים. הוא השיג משהו מיוחד. תמונותיו עשויות בכוח ביטוי רב. הן מדברות בעדן. הן בעלות תוכן, סוערות ומוכיחות" כתב הצייר נחום גוטמן ברשימה לעיתון דבר ב-11 לפברואר 1944 לרגל תערוכתו של לבנון בגלריה של בית הבימה בתל-אביב.

Size of painting (without frame): 1' 1.4" x 9.4" - 34 cm x 24 cm - 13.4 in x 9.4 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Pencil on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: Circa 1940
Signature: "מ.לבנון"- signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right corner of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1022/PAI159 - Click for More Details on Mordechai Levanon Jerusalem View Drawing 


Mordechai Levanon - Pencil Drawing - Jerusalem View - מרדכי לבנון - צבעי מים אקווארל - נוף צפת - Click for Detailed Info

Mordechai Levanon - Aquarelle Painting - View of Safed

Mordechai Levanon has always been a poet and a magician, depicting the celestial cities, Jerusalem and Safed, and weaving a hymn of ascending steps with many variations, never repeating himself. In this beautiful aquarelle painting of Safed, he builds his hymn in tones of blue, azure, violet, green and a light full yellow which splashes the sky and the earth. The tremulous, delicate water colors speak in the voice of great love - love of nature, love of creation, love of art and love of mankind.

מרדכי לבנון - אקוורל - נוף צפת

מרדכי לבנון, אמן הצבע ואמן הנוף מצייר את צפת, עיר המקובלים שגל אביב מציף אותה בבוהק מסנוור. העיר טובעת בים של סגולים, כחולים וצהובים מודרגים בהרמוניות מושלמות.

Size of painting (without frame): 1' 2.6" x 10.6" - 37 cm x 27 cm - 14.6 in x 10.6 in
Type of frame: Wood - the drawing is under glass, framed in a passe-partout
Painting technique: Aquarelle - Water colors on Paper
Origin: Israel
Date: 1952
Signature: "מ.לבנון"- signed in Hebrew by the artist on the lower right corner of the drawing.

Our ref #: P1026/PAI070 - Click for More Details on Mordechai Levanon Safed View Painting 


Shulamit Ben Shalom - שולמית בן שלום - פסל ברונזה - המלך - Lost Wax Bronze Sculpture: The King - Click for Detailed Info

Shulamit Ben Shalom - Lost Wax Bronze Sculpture - The King

The sculptor Shulamit Ben Shalom was born in Israel in 1934. She gained her preliminary art education in Machon Avni in Tel-Aviv and later moved to Paris where she lived for several years, learned art and sculpting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and worked at the studio of the sculptor Rene Collamarini. In 1966 Ben Shalom returned to Israel, settled in Tel-Aviv and established herself as a sculptor and art teacher. The touching yet powerful bronze sculpture in front of you is the figure of a king who lost his fortune and kingdom.

שולמית בן שלום - פסל ברונזה - המלך

שולמית בן-שלום היא פסלת ותיקה החיה בקרבנו ולמרות היותה בין המקוריות והמרתקות שבאמניות הישראליות שמה אינו נודע ברבים. כך כותבת אסתר זנדברג (עכבר העיר יום שישי 21 בנובמבר 2008) בעקבות שיחה עם ד"ר רות מרקוס, לרגל צאת הספר "נשים יוצרות בישראל 1920-1970":

"תוך כדי העבודה על הספר גילתה מרקוס אמניות רבות שעבודתן לא תועדה ואינן מוכרות גם לחוקרים ותיקים. דוגמה בולטת היא הפסלת שולמית בן שלום, שעל קיומה נודע לה מהצלמת מיכל הימן וכל מי שרואה תצלום של עבודה שלה בספר מתפעל ומופתע שלא שמע עליה קודם".

Height of sculpture: 30 cm - 11.8 in
Width of sculpture: 18 cm - 7.1 in
Depth of sculpture: 16 cm - 6.3 in
Sculpture material: Bronze
Sculpture technique: Lost wax
Origin: Israel
Date: 1967.

Our ref #: P1033/SCU002 - Click for More Details on Shulamit Ben Shalom Bronze Sculpture The King 


Marcel Janco - Oil Painting - Fish Dish - מרסל ינקו - ציור שמן - צלחת דגים - Click for Detailed Info

Marcel Janco - Oil Painting - Fish Dish

Born a Romanian Jew, Marcel Janco played a leading role during World War I as a founding member of the Zurich Dada movement. From a mixture of Cubist and Futurist prototypes, Janco rapidly developed a style of painting which, while hovering on the borders of abstraction, also transformed the concepts of the Parisian Cubism into a personal variant of great expressive vitality as seen in this rare and beautiful still life painting in front of you - Fish in a Dish.

מרסל ינקו - ציור שמן - צלחת דגים

מרסל ינקו היה אחד ממייסדיה של תנועת דאדא בציריך בתקופת מלחמת העולם הראשונה  ומילא בה תפקיד מרכזי. לאחר המלחמה, בפאריז, ואחר כך בארץ הולדתו רומניה, התפתח ציורו לסגנון אשר על אף התמדתו בשולי ההפשטה הטמיע את הקוביזם הפריזאי בגרסה אישית בעלת חיוניות רבה. ציור הטבע-דומם הנדיר שלפניכם כולל קוי מתאר של דגים - נושא שחזר בעבודותיו של ינקו לאורך השנים, אולם נראה שחיבתו לנושא לא היתה אלא תירוץ לתרגול בטכניקת ציור צבעונית, רב צורנית, בשלה ותוססת הממריאה הרחק אל מעל הצלחת.

Size of painting (without frame): 1' 1.4" x 1' 6.9" - 34 cm x 48 cm - 13.4 in x 18.9 in
Type of frame: Wood & canvas
Painting technique: Oil on Cardboard
Origin: Rumania
Date: Circa 1937
Signature: "JANCO" - signed by the artist on the lower left side of the painting

Our ref #: P1037/PAI027 - Click for More Details on Marcel Janco Still Life Painting


 

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