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Leopold Krakauer

October 19, 2010

Vienna, Austria, 1890 – Jerusalem, Israel 1954

Trained as an architect in the austere purist style, Leopold Krakauer´s drawings carry a sublime character. Each of his strokes is calculated and important to the composition of the work. Krakauer´s Israel is full of ancient angled olive trees and thorny bushes fighting to defeat the harsh landscape. His drawings have an Asian Zen quality, highlighting stringent and restrained but expressive marks. Krakauer studied architecture at the Technische Hochschule and Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna. When he moved to Israel in 1925 he created images of the landscape using primarily charcoal and crayon and focused on the Judean hills and the geometric houses that dotted them. Both his architecture and his drawings appealed to the kibbutz mentality and were very popular.

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