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Nachum Gutman

October 10, 2010

Teleneshty, Bessarabia, 1898 – Tel Aviv, Israel 1980

A prolific man of many talents, Nachum Gutman was a painter, draftsman, designer, ceramicist, sculptor and mosaic artist. Gutman´s playful, loose, colorful style has been very influential. His work is figurative and covers subjects from the settlement of the land, war, biblical characters and children´s book illustrations. His vibrant mosaics can be found in many places in Tel Aviv.

Nachum Gutman moved from Russia to Israel with his family when he was seven where he lived and studied in Tel Aviv until he was 15 when he moved to Jerusalem to study at the Bezalel School of Art and Design. After WWI, Gutman continued his studies in Vienna, Paris and Berlin where he began to illustrate books for famous Israeli writers. On returning to Israel in 1926, Gutman became a pioneer of the “Eretz-Israeli Style” group working to develop a distinctive Israeli style that was free from European influence.

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