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Jacob Pins

November 29, 2010

Hoxter, Germany, 1917 – Israel 2005
“In Europe, the light is multi-toned and subtle. Here, in the Levant, it is bright and unforgiving. This is perfect for woodcuts which are formed from sharp contrasts of light and dark.” -Jacob Pins

Jacob Pins immigrated to Israel in 1936 where he began to study printmaking with the artist Jacob Stienhardt and then continued his studies at the Bezalel School of Art and Design. His prints range from portraits and landscapes to animals and narrative scenes. A typical Pins print fuses simplified forms with dramatic compositions, often underscored by his use of the texture of the wood to bring out a sensual, and sometimes erotic, dimension to his subjects. In the 1950s, Pins established Jerusalem´s Artists´ House, which fast became a centre for the city´s artists to both meet and exhibit. It remains central to the city´s artistic life.

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