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Menachem Shemi

October 28, 2010

Bobruisk, Belarus, 1897 – Haifa, Israel, 1951

Menachem Shemi immigrated when he was sixteen to Israel where he studied the Bezalel School of Art and Design. He became one of the founders of the Eretz Israel group which worked to develop an artistic style that was unique to Israel. Between 1928 to 1938 he moved to Paris, where he was greatly influenced by Picasso and Cezanne. In 1942 Shemi served in the British army. When he came back to Israel he settled in Haifa and later moved to Sfad. Shemi´s paintings are a burst of original creativity involving a wondrous synthesis of form, colour and great love for the subjects of his painting.

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