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Kaete Ephraim-Marcus

July 6, 2010

Breslau, Germany, 1892 – Ramat Gan, Israel, 1970

Although her colorful style is deeply influenced by French Expressionist painters, Kaete Ephraim-Marcus never subscribed to one trend, and her works are often lonely and melancholy despite her playful use of color and loose brush stroke. Ephraim-Marcus´ works delve deep into the hardship of establishing a new state and being a refugee.

She studied art under Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth and Käthe Kollwitz in Berlin and then later at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. She married the Zionist leader Dr. Josef Marcus in 1917 and they immigrated to Israel in 1933, during Hitler´s rise to power. During the Independence War her studio was evacuated and then burned down by the Arabs, destroying most of her early work. She painted many war scenes and images of bewildered immigrants trying to survive the turmoil and alienation that was rampant at
that time. Her moving works allow for a deeper understanding of the suffering that was endured to found the State of Israel.

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