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Moshe Bernstein

December 10, 2010

Poland, 1920 – Tel Aviv, Israel, 2006
“I once again bring you the experiences and dreams of my longed-for past, because for me it is an enchanted garden which I walk as if intoxicated by its fragrances and its beauty, and from which I draw the inspiration for my work”

Moshe Bernstein studied art at the Art Academy of Vilna in 1939. His family murdered in the Holocaust, but he survived the war and lived in Russia until 1947, when he immigrated to Israel. He often painted and drew images of the Shtetl life that he grew up in. These images emotionally captured in graceful brush strokes allow a window into a world that no longer exists.

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Ludwig Meidner

December 9, 2010

Bernstadt, Silesia, 1884 – Darmstadt, Germany, 1966
“Their catastrophes explode from their windows, stairways silently collapse. People laugh beneath the ruins.” – Ludwig Meidner

Ludwig Meidner is well-known for his expressionist “apocalyptic” series which anticipated the gross destruction of the First World War by several years and his religious Prophets series which he created after the war. Meidner studied art at Royal School of Art in Breslau and Cormon Academies in Paris. He was influenced by the etchings of Hermann Struck and his friendships with Amedeo Modigliani and Robert Delaunay. Meidner fled Germany in 1939 to England and did not return until 1953. Meidner lived through tumultuous times and his worked changed often in his lifetime. His pieces range from Expressionist to Futurist to Realist but his steady meticulous hand and earth tones colors are consistent throughout.

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Mordechai Levanon

December 6, 2010

Transylvania, Romania, 1901 – Israel, 1968

Mordechai Levanon immigrated to Israel in 1921 where he studied at the Bezalel Art Academy. Levanon is considered one of the founding fathers of Israeli art. Like most of the artists in his time, Levanon favored landscape and cityscapes of the spiritual cities of Sfad and Jerusalem where he could express the sentiment that Israel could be a homeland where spiritual and physical revival went hand in hand. Levanon is considered a major pioneer of Israeli art, and has even been called “the Israeli Van Gogh.”

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Nahum Gilboa

December 5, 2010

Sophia, Bulgaria 1917 – Israel, 1976

Nahum Gilboa studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Sofia and at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. World War II began, the artist and his wife boarded a broken down fishing vessel and sailed to Israel as illegal immigrants in 1937. Gilboa became part of the Kibbutz movement but continued his art studies through trips to France and Italy. Gilboa belongs to the school of Lyric Realism (or Fantastic Realism). He often painted Israeli landscapes and Israeli characters that represent the beauty and spirituality of Israel as he saw it.

Zippora Brenner

December 3, 2010

1917, Russia – Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010

Zippora Brenner immigrated to Israel in 1923. She studied art with Aharon Avni, Avigdor Stematsky, Streichmann and Marcel Janco after which she traveled in the United States, Paris, Italy and Spain to continue learning about art. She creates delicate but vivid watercolor scenes of Israeli landscapes. She lived and works in Tel Aviv.

Alfred Aberdam

December 2, 2010

Lvov, Poland 1894 – Paris, France 1963

Alfred Aberdam studied art at the Krakow Fine Art Academy after which he moved to Paris to continue his art career. He quickly acclimated to paris life and he exhibited in popular salons and with a group of Polish artists known as “Nowocześni.” He painted many landscapes, figurative compositions, and still life painting in a muted and schematic expressionistic style.

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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