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Yosl Bergner

July 12, 2010

Vienna, Austria, 1920
“This is how things are with me. Every painting has a story.” –Yosl Bergner

Yosl Bergner´s allegorical paintings are a tribute to his Zionistic upbringing and sensitivity to the danger and destruction that consumed the Jewish people during the Second World War. He grew up in Warsaw, Germany before moving with his family to Australia in 1937 where he studied at the National Gallery Art School. Bergner´s father was part of a group called the Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization who believed they could create a Jewish safe haven in Australia. Bergner served four years in the Australian army in WWII and immigrated to Israel in 1948. He initially settled in Tzfat and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Bergner´s insightful and symbolic still lives often feature broken, crushed or distorted items while his portraits frequently contain dark overtones and sunken eyes. Although he generally paints Jewish themes Bergner is sensitive to the plight of all suffering people and transmits that compassion in his work.

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