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Mordechai Avniel

September 16, 2010

Minsk, Belarus, 1900 – Haifa, Israel 1990
“I loved the Israeli landscape… I do not see my landscapes optically; they are a fusion of colors blended harmoniously – abstract at times, and at other times expressions of my inner feelings… My motif is always the non-static landscape with all its contrasts: the rays of dawn, the stillness of the day´s heat, the evening´s twilight, radiance and dimness, wind and rain, a night´s storm.” – Mordechai Avniel

The brilliant manipulator of light and color, Mordechai Avniel, studied art in Yekaterinburg, Russia and at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design when he immigrated to Israel in 1921. Avniel taught painting and sculpture at Bezalel for a short period of time before becoming a prominent lawyer in Haifa. He continued to paint while practicing law and was widely exhibited and acclaimed. He is most well-known for his intense watercolors which are saturated with bright jewel tones that capture light in a beautiful and unique way.

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