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Auction Description for Kestenbaum & Company: Israeli and International Art

Israeli and International Art (64 Lots)

by Kestenbaum & Company


64 lots with images

December 14, 2016

Live Auction

New York, NY, USA

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BLUM, LUDWIG

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Description: Judean Hills. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist and titled in Hebrew lower right and in English lower left. Framed. 13 x 22.75 inches; 33 x 57.75 cm.• Ludwig BlumÕs views and panoramas are among the most memorable and striking images of the Holy Land. An immigrant from Moravia, Blum (1891-1974) settled in Jerusalem in 1923, where he was strongly attracted by the warm colors, unique light and oriental atmosphere of the holy city, its people and environs. Blum rose to became Eretz IsraelÕs most prominent artist and was honored with the ÒYakir YerushalayimÓ award for artistic contributions to the country.Provenance: Acquired from Devora Hermon, daughter of the artist, 1984. Previously, gifted by the artist to his daughter upon her marriage.Exhibited: ArtistÕs House, Jerusalem (1973). The PresidentÕs House, Jerusalem, Landscapes in Israeli Art (1982). Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem, Blum Retrospective (1988).Jerusalem, 1949.

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RABAN, ZE'EV

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Description: Had Gadya. Bronze cast and plaster mold. Bezalel mark and signed by the artist with initials 'Z.R.' lower center (on plaster) in Hebrew. Framed. 8.25 x 3.5 inches; 21 x 9 cm.• Designed by Raban for the Sharar Workshop, Bezalel School of Art, Jerusalem.Provenance: Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem.Exhibited: Yeshiva University Museum, New York, 'Raban Remembered' (1982).Jerusalem, c. 1920..

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RABAN, ZE'EV

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Description: Judith and the Head of Holofernes. Watercolor and pen-and-ink. Signed in Hebrew by the artist lower left. Framed. 14.5 x 10.5 inches; 37 x 27 cm.• Ze'ev Raban (1890-1970), a leading decorative artist and industrial designer, was above all, the pioneer of the Bezalel-Art style, which portrayed both Biblical and Zionist themes in a manner influenced by the European Jugendstil, alongside traditional Oriental styles.Like other European art nouveau artists of the period such as Alphonse Mucha, Raban combined Fine Art with commissioned works. Raban designed the decorative elements of such important Jerusalem buildings as the King David Hotel, the Jerusalem YMCA and the Bikkur-Cholim Hospital.See Tel Aviv Museum Catalogue, ZeÕev Raban: A Hebrew Symbolist (2001).

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STRUCK, HERMANN

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Description: Sephardic Elder. Pastel on paper. Signed and dated by the artist lower right. Framed. 12 x 10 inches; 30 x 26 cm.• Provenance:Acquired from the artistÕs widow, 1981.Exhibited:The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). See Catalogue p. 33.Haifa, 1927..

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STEINHARDT, JAKOB

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Description: Street in Jerusalem. Watercolor. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower right and in English lower left. Framed. 13.75 x 18 inches; 34 x 46 cm.Jerusalem, 1938..

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TICHO, ANNA

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Description: Native Woman. Watercolor and pen-and-ink on paper. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 13 x 10 inches; 33 x 25 cm.

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TICHO, ANNA

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Description: Jerusalem Hills. Watercolor and pen-and-ink on paper. Signed by the artist lower left. Framed. 11 x 9 inches; 28 x 22 cm.• Anna Ticho (1894-1980) arrived in Eretz Israel from Vienna in 1912. Married to the ophthalmologist Abraham Albert Ticho, she and her husband hosted numerous artists and public figures in their beloved Jerusalem home, later bequeathed to the city following their deaths.Created in the romantic tradition, Anna TichoÕs art is celebrated especially for distinctive drawings of the hills of Jerusalem and her portraits of local people.Jerusalem, 1936..

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RUBIN, REUVEN

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Description: The Goldfish Vendor. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and English lower right. Signed and dated on reverse. Finely framed. 36 x 28.5 inches; 91 x 72 cm.• Perhaps the most iconic of Israeli artists, Reuven Rubin (born Reuven Zelicovici to a hasidic family in Galatz, Romania) attended JerusalemÕs Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in 1912. Finding the schoolÕs approach too rigid, he subsequently studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the AcadŽmie Colarossi.A pioneer of Israeli art, RubinÕs work is characterized by radiant colors, naive proportions and youthful spirit capturing both Jewish and Israeli folkloric themes. In 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum was opened with a solo exhibition of his paintings. Rubin was the first Israeli artist to win broad, international recognition.An oft-seen motif in RubinÕs work from the 1920Õs and on, is that of the fish and fisherman, depicted alongside the Sea of Galilee or the shores of the Mediterranean. The artistÕs daughter, Carmela Rubin, has suggested that this theme alludes to Alexander PushkinÕs fairy tale in verse ÔThe Tale of the Fisherman and the FishÕ wherein a golden fish is caught by a fisherman and promises to fulfill any wish in exchange for its freedom. The fish theme is also a traditional symbol of fertility and abundance, and a metaphor of the eternality of the Jewish People. RubinÕs prolific career was similarly abundant - the ongoing catalogue raisonne project undertaken by the Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv, documents an estimated 1,800 oil paintings and sculptures.Provenance: Acquired from the artistÕs widow, 1983.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 27.Tel Aviv, 1972..

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JANCO, MARCEL

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Description: The Sheik. Oil on panel. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 21.25 x 17.5 inches; 54 x 44 cm.• Co-founder of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism, Bucharest-born Marcel Janco (1895-1984) was strongly associated with Surrealism via the close collaboration with his fellow Rumanian-Jewish artist, Tristan Tzara. Anti-Semitic persecution forced Janco to leave Rumania and upon his arrival to the Land of Israel he founded the utopian art colony of Ein Hod. At this stage of his career, Janco abandoned pure abstraction and favored the bold, angular, linear abstract mode of Expressionism, evident in the present lot - a stylized figure of a local notable.Provenance: Engel Gallery, Jerusalem, 1977.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 19.Tel Aviv, 1940..

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CASTEL, MOSHE

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Description: Shabbat in Safed. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right. Finely framed. 25 x 19 inches; 64 x 48 cm.• Born into a distinguished rabbinic family of Spanish-Castillian origin resident for generations in Hebron, Moshe Elazar Castel was born in Jerusalem in 1909 and studied in his fatherÕs yeshiva before attending the Bezalel School of Art. His teacher, Shmuel Ben-David, encouraged Castel to study art in Paris where he arrived in 1927 and stayed for more than a decade before returning to Eretz Israel and settling in the historic town of Safed. CastelÕs artistic style combines European Expressionism with Eastern motifs that developed into ÔCanaanite art,Õ often incorporating ancient scripts. The interior scene of the present lot is typical of CastelÕs Safed period, utilizing thick impasto to echo the dark cavernous Sabbath dining area. Castel later co-founded the New Horizons group (Ofakim Hadashim) along with many of the artists featured in this auction, including: Yosef Zaritsky, Yehezkel Streichman and Marcel Janco.Provenance: Commissioned by Mrs. Esther Sincoff and gifted to BÕnai Jeshurun Synagogue, New York, 1940. Purchased from BJS by Stanley I. Batkin, 1987.1940..

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BERGNER, YOSL

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Description: Young Girl from Jaffa. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and English lower left. Also signed and dedicated on reverse: ÒLittle Girl from Jaffa, for Hinda with Love.Ó Framed. 18 x 14.75 inches; 45.5 x 37.5 cm. Framed.Tel Aviv, 1996..

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STEMATSKY, AVIGDOR

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Description: Woman with Cup of Tea. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower right. Framed. 23.5 x 17.5 inches; 59.5 x 44.5 cm.• Born in Odessa in 1908, Avigdor Stematsky emigrated to Palestine in 1920 whereafter he studied at the Haifa Technion and the Bezalel School of Art. In 1930 he spent a year in Paris studying at the AcadŽmie de la Grande Chaumire and AcadŽmie Colarossi. Initially influenced by the Ecole de Paris Stematsky turned primarily to late-Cubist abstraction, the present lot of course being an exception. One of the founding father of the Massad art group, he was later affiliated with the ÒNew HorizonsÓ (Ofakim Hadashim) movement which adopted the Lyrical Abstraction style, creating vibrant compositions in bold colors.Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist, 1980.Exhibited: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1958. The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 31.Paris, 1950..

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SIMON, YOHANAN

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Description: Luscious Landscape. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and dated lower right, in English lower left. Framed. 14.5 x 21 inches; 36 x 54 cm.• Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist, 1973.Kfar Shmaryahu, 1973..

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SIMON, YOHANAN

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Description: Kibbutz Life. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and dated lower right and in English lower left. Framed. 10.5 x 13.75 inches; 27 x 34 cm.• Berlin born, Yohanan Simon (1905-76) studied at the Max Beckmann School of Art in Frankfurt and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He then moved to Paris where he studied at the ƒcole des Beaux-Arts, before spending time in New York. Simon immigrated to Palestine in 1936, becoming a member of Kibbutz Gan Shmuel. He executed a number of murals for public buildings and hotels; he also illustrated books and designed stage sets. His later work became more abstract and colorful (see previous lot), seemingly influenced by Fauvism.Provenance: SothebyÕs New York, Judaica, April 14th, 1998, lot 92.Tel Aviv, 1950..

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TAGGER (TAJAR), ZIONA

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Description: Dancers. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower right. Framed. 17.25 x 22.5 inches; 44.5 x 57 cm.• Provenance: Acquired from the artistÕs son, 1988.1963..

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TAGGER (TAJAR), ZIONA

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Description: Flowers. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right, and title and date on reverse. Finely framed. 21.25 x 15 inches; 54 x 37cm.

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TAGGER (TAJAR), ZIONA

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Description: Harlequin. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and dated lower right. Framed. 36 x 23.25 inches; 90.5 x 59 cm.• The first Israeli-born female artist, Tziona Tagger was born in Jaffa in 1900. She studied at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, later moving to Paris to attend the AcadŽmie de la Grande Chaumire and the AcadŽmie Colarossi. Tagger helped establish the Hebrew ArtistsÕ Association in 1920 which was composed of artists who sought an alternative approach to modern art, abandoning the sinuous, art nouveau, ÔOrientalÕ approach of Boris Schatz and the early Bezalel School approach. TaggerÕs style combined Cubist and Naive art as seen in the present lot - the flat planes of bright color comprising the human face.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 34. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sionah Tagger Retrospective (2003).Paris, 1925..

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MANE-KATZ

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Description: Klezmer Musicians. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right. Finely framed. 21 x 17 inches; 53.5 x 43.5 cm.• Provenance: Engel Gallery, Jerusalem, 1979.

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GUTMAN, NAHUM

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Description: The Yellow Coachman. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and English lower right. Framed. 31.5 x 23.25 inches; 80 x 59 cm.• Nachum Gutman (1898-1978) was born in Telenesty, Bessarabia (today, Moldova) and immigrated to Eretz Israel as a young child. He served in the Jewish Legion during the First World War, after which he studied at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem. His time there was brief as he rebelled against the old school manner of instruction. Instead he developed his own artistic approach that combined direct experience of building a new Jewish life in Palestine, which contrasted with his adoption of the modernist trends prevalent within the arts in Europe. GutmanÕs sense of style was particularly found in his exotic images of the local Palestinian Arab community, in which he depicted its people in such a way that captured the instinctual and sensuous atmosphere of the Middle East. Gutman was truly a product of his environment and his body of art was most broad, working in a variety of media, as well as making a name for himself as a prolific and renowned writer, especially of childrenÕs literature.Provenance: Acquired from the artistÕs widow, 1982.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 18.Literature: Five Beloved Cities. Paris, Mourlot, (1978).Tel Aviv, 1927..

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SHEMI (SCHMIDT), MENAHEM

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Description: Courtyard in Safed. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right and on reverse. Framed. 28 x 20.75 inches; 71.5 x 53 cm.• Russian born Menahem Shemi (1897-1951) studied art at the Odessa Academy of Arts before emigrating to Palestine in 1913 when he joined the Bezalel School. After a rebellion against the schoolÕs management and cutting ties, he sought to discover for himself an artistic course in the spirit of the East, seeking to portray the art of the Jewish-Israeli painter in his new homeland: Eretz Israel. A founder of the artist colony of Safed, Shemi was principally a landscapist. His palette, originally somber, became bright in his later years; his mystic, dreamlike canvases of Safed are considered his best works.Provenance: Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, 1985.Exhibited: Venice Biennale 1950.Literature: Daliah Belkine, Menachem Shemi: Man and Artist, Zohar Tsvaim Association (2009).Haifa, 1949..

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GLIKSBERG, HAIM

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Description: The Holy Ari Synagogue, Safed. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and dated lower right. Framed. 36 x 28.75 inches; 92 x 73 cm.• Son of Rabbi Shimon YaÕakov Gliksberg, one of the founding members of the Mizrachi Zionist movement, Haim Gliksberg (1904-70) was born in Pinsk, Russia, emigrating to Palestine in 1925, where he attended the Bezalel School of Art. He later settled in Tel Aviv founded the Painters and Sculptors Association and became close with national poet, Hayim Nahman Bialik. GliksbergÕs art is associated with subtle tones and atmospheric intimacy as seen in the present example of the devout deep in prayer.Provenance: Acquired from the Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, 1980.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 17.1965..

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AGAM, YAACOV

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Description: From Birth to Eternity. Oil on angled aluminum on wood. Signed by the artist on reverse. 32 x 36.75 inches; 82 x 93 cm.• Israeli-born sculptor and experimental artist, Yaacov Agam is best known for his extensive and innovative contributions to optical and kinetic art. After early studies in Bezalel, it was in Paris where he developed an artistic style known as Op-Art and began utilizing optical illusions and kinetic effects which alter the viewerÕs perspective as they in turn alter their physical position while viewing the given artwork. A large scale example of this is the iconic Fire and Water Fountain (1986) in Tel AvivÕs Dizengoff Square. The present lot similarly shows continuous transformation as one views the piece in a 180-degree arc: The right side starts in solid vertical lines, this changes to individualized colored squares and then to horizontal solids.Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist, 1972.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 9.Paris, 1969-72..

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ARDON, MORDECAI

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Description: Jerusalem Landscape. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 21 x 28.5 inches; 53 x 72.5 cm.• Born Mordechai Eliezer Bronstein in 1896 to Orthodox parents in Tuchow, Poland, Ardon displayed an early interest in the arts. In 1919 he traveled to Berlin where he pursued a career in acting, but soon changed direction and from 1921 studied at the avant-garde Bauhaus, under Klee and Kandinsky until its closing in 1924. In 1926 he studied the Old Masters at the Munich Academy and in 1928 joined the Berlin ÔNovember GroupÕ where he was introduced to artistic abstraction and with whom he exhibited his art. Ardon emigrated to Palestine in 1933 and joined the faculty of the New Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts which included at that time Jakob Steinhardt, Anna Ticho, and Leopold Krakauer - eventually becoming the schoolÕs director. ArdonÕs early work focused on landscapes and expressive depictions of figures. Later, his art is characterized by an abstract style combined with a classic painting technique, demonstrated by rich vibrant colors and a complex system of imagery, i. e. shapes and forms based upon the Kabbalistic mystical tradition, often assimilated within a historical-Zionist framework.Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist, 1977.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 12.Jerusalem, 1977..

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ZARITSKY, JOSEPH

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Description: Tsova (Tzuba). Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower left. Framed. 39.5 x 39 inches; 101 x 99 cm.• Yoseph Zaritsky (1891-1985) was one of the most influential artists of the modern State of Israel, a founder of the New Horizons movement, through which he sought to support and encourage abstract painting. By the 1950Õs Zaritsky had entirely abandoned representational art in favor of lyrical abstraction, his canvases displaying thick splashes of color in large balanced compositions - as seen in the present example.Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.Kibbutz Tzuba, 1970..

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STREICHMAN, YEHEZKEL

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Description: Cilla. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and dated lower right. Framed. 40 x 40 inches; 100 x 100 cm.• Yehezkel Streichman (1906-93) emigrated to Palestine from Kovno, Lithuania in 1924 and studied at Bezalel, followed by time in Paris and Florence, before returning to Eretz Israel where he joined Kibbutz Ashdot. StreichmanÕs abstract style is innovative, characterized by fierce brush strokes and dark colors. One can detect the French influence of PicassoÕs geometry and MatisseÕs color palette in his style of lyrical abstraction. The present work is a portrait of StreichmanÕs muse, his wife Cilla, who appears in many of his portraits.Provenance: Acquired from the Hillel Gallery, Jerusalem, 1979.Exhibited: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1974. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1975. The Jewish Museum, New York, Artists of Israel 1920-1980, 1981. The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art, 1985. Catalogue p. 27.Tel Aviv, 1965..

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ARIKHA, AVIGDOR

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Description: Adam and Eve. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and English and dated lower left. Framed. 23.5 x 19 inches; 59.5 x 48.5 cm.• Raised in Bukovina, Arikha and his family were deported to the Romanian-run concentration camps of Transnistria where his father died. In 1944 safety was found in British-Mandate Palestine although Arikha was severely wounded fighting in IsraelÕs War of Independence. In 1949 he attended the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, after which Arikha won a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, a city he settled in permanently from 1954. It was in Paris that Arikha developed close and lengthy friendships with such luminaries as the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Irish writer Samuel Beckett. An abstract-turned-realist artist, Arikha uses a minimal number of tones to express shade and texture and the intrinsic attempt to capture the spirit of the subject matter. His work is reminiscent of other abstract-expressionists such as Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky.Provenance: Acquired from the Arta Gallery, Jerusalem.1956..

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GERSHUNI, MOSHE

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Description: El Male Rahamim [ÒGod, Full of MercyÓ] Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist and dated on reverse. Framed. 23.75 x 23.75 inches; 60 x 60 cm.• As both artist and teacher, Moshe Gershuni (b. 1936) has been a highly visible force expressing his identity as an Israeli and a Jew in a way that no other artist before him has done. Gershuni was one of the first artists in Israel at the end of the 1960Õs to explore highly modernistic, iconoclastic possibilities, creating works which were paradigms of Conceptual art and in the 1970Õs extending his art to public performance. As a stimulating teacher in Bezalel, he fueled the imagination of many young artists, especially towards political involvement.In 1996 Gershuni held a joint exhibition with Raffi Lavie in the Givon Gallery in Tel Aviv. The exhibition was highly regarded, not only because it presented a body of work of two canonical figures in Israeli art, or as it was defined, of Ôlocal masters turning 60,Õ but primarily because of its relationship to Israeli public space. GershuniÕs works, which included the present canvas with the caption ÔEl Male Rachamim,Õ feature large, dark, paint stains, similar to eyes, making use of thick impasto, and is interpreted as a reaction to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The ÔeyesÕ motif, creating a basic facial form, possesses a rich iconography. Along with literary references such as Hayim Nahman BialikÕs poem, ÔThese hungry eyes that so earnestly seek,Õ or the poetry of Avraham Ben-Yitzhak, Gershuni testified that the eyes came from ÒthereÓ.ÕÕSometimes I think of the picture of my family from Poland as the source of those eyes. I have in my head a picture of a moving train, and from between the slats, a pair of dark eyes of a little girl or little boy peeps out. The empty eyes followed me around long before I painted them.ÓProvenance: Acquired from Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, 1996.Exhibited: Jewish Museum, New York, After Rabin: New Works in Israeli Art (1998).Tel Aviv, 1996.. Judaica

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KADISHMAN, MENASHE

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Description: Messages (Western Wall, Jerusalem). Silkscreen with oil. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 21 x 26 inches; 54 x 66 cm.• The art of Menashe Kadishman (1932-2015) is one of eclectic style with colorful and expressively passionate tones. The consignor shared a close friendship with Kadishman and related that upon being gifted this silkscreen teasingly complained to the artist that he would have preferred to have received a painting - whereupon Kadishman immediately took the lithograph in hand and painted on it additional squares, thus, making for an unusual, multi-media piece.Provenance: Gift of the artist, 1980.Tel Aviv, 1980..

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SCHWEBEL, IVAN

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Description: Samuel 6:14 - King George Street, Jerusalem. Oil on canvas. Titled and signed by the artist upper and lower right. Framed. 39 x 34.5 inches; 99 x 88 cm.• Born in West Virginia, Schwebel (1932-2011) studied at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. He spent a year traveling through Europe and in 1963 permanently settled in the village of Ein Karem near Jerusalem. The present painting was commissioned directly from the artist by the consignor and features the laterÕs Jerusalem residence. The association with the Book of Samuel as titled on the canvas, relates to the patronÕs Hebrew name and date of birth. For further discussion of this painting, see Milly Heyd, King David Modernized: Ivan Schwebel and Contemporary Sources, in: Jewish Art, Vol. 12-13, (1987) pp. 337-48.Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist, 1980.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 28.Jerusalem, 1980..

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REEB, DAVID

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Description: Old Tel Aviv. Acrylic. Signed by the artist in Hebrew and English lower right. Framed. 35 x 27 inches; 88 x 68 cm.• Provenance: Gift of the artist, 1987.1982..

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KRAKAUER, LEOPOLD

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Description: Jerusalem Landscape. Charcoal on paper. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower left. Framed. 21 x 29 inches; 53 x 74 cm.• Viennese born Leopold Krakauer (1890-1954) was one of the finest architects of his time working in the International Style. He immigrated to Palestine in 1924.Provenance: Acquired from the artistÕs daughter, 1983.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 22.Jerusalem, 1946,.

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LUBIN, ARIEH

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Description: Jaffa. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower left. Framed. 23.25 x 28.5 inches; 59 x 72 cm.• American-born Arieh Lubin (1897-1980) studied art in Chicago, before enlisting in the Jewish Legion in World War I. He immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1922, later he was one of the founding artists of the creative colony developed in the ancient city of Safed.Provenance: SothebyÕs Tel Aviv, Judaica, May 30th, 1989, lot 97.Tel Aviv, 1977..

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NEWMAN, ELIAS

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Description: Safed in the Galilee. Encaustic on canvas. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 19.5 x 23.5 inches; 51 x 60 cm.• Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist, 1982.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 24.

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ZOHAR, ISRAEL

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Description: Seated Woman. Oil on canvas. Finely framed. 23.5 x 28.5 inches; 60 x 72 cm.• Born in Kazakhstan to Russian refugees fleeing Hitler, Zohar eventually immigrated to Eretz Israel. In later years he settled in England where he was famously commissioned by the Royal Hussars military regiment to paint the official portrait of their patron, Diana, Princess of Wales.Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist, 1983.Jerusalem, 1983..

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KAISH, LUISE

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Description: Wall of the Martyrs. Bronze maquette. Signed by the artist and dated lower left. 12 x 33 inches; 30 x 84 cm.• Maquette for bronze sculpture (17 x 7. 5 ft) commissioned by Stanley Batkin for the Beth El Synagogue, New Rochelle, New York.Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist, 1974.1970..

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CHARUVI, SHMUEL

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Description: The ArtistsÕ Garden. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower right. Framed. 8 x 13 inches; 20 x 33 cm.• Ukraininan born Shmuel Charuvi (1897-1965) studied art in Odessa where he met the founding inspiration of the Bezalel School, Professor Boris Schatz. Under SchatzÕs influence Charuvi subsequently moved to Jerusalem. There, the Mediterranean sunlight encouraged CharuviÕs romantic use of warm colors, producing delicate Eretz Israel scenes in a style that became known as ÔJerusalem realism.ÕProvenance: Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem, 1993, who acquired it from the artistÕs family.Jerusalem, 1941..

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SHALOM OF SAFED (MOSKOWITZ, SHOLOM)

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Description: King Solomon Builds the Temple. Oil with pen-and-ink on canvas. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower right. Framed. 19.5 x 15.5 inches; 50 x 39 cm.• Provenance: Engel Gallery, Jerusalem, 1979.Exhibited: The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art (1985). Catalogue p. 29.Safed, 1964..

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SCHOR, ILYA

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Description: The Crown of Torah. Gouache. Signed by the artist lower right. Framed. 8 x 6 inches; 20.5 x 15.5 cm.• Provenance: Acquired from the artistÕs widow, 1975.New York, 1950..

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AGADATI, BARUCH

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Description: King David. Watercolor on silk. Signed by the artist lower left. Framed. 10.5 x 7 inches; 27 x 18 cm.• Agadati (1895-1976) was a legendary figure of modern Israeli culture. Born Baruch Kaushansky in Bessarabia, he grew up in Odessa. After moving to Palestine and initial studies at Bezalel, he was active in the worlds of both dance and of film. In the 1920Õs and 30Õs Agadati was the organizing spirit behind Tel AvivÕs legendary Purim carnival ÔAde-lo-yada.ÕExhibited: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1961.Provenance: Acquired from Elias Newman, 1987.1957..

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SCHUR, AARON

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Description: (1864-1945). Seated Yemenite. Watercolor and gouache on paper. Signed by the artist in Hebrew lower left. Framed. 13 x 8.75 inches; 33 x 22 cm.• Provenance: Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem, 1993, who acquired it from the artistÕs family.Jerusalem, 1929..

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GERSTEIN, DAVID (DUDU)

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Description: Gortex (Mailboxes). Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower left. Framed. 27 x 30.5 inches; 69 x 78 cm.• From GersteinÕs mailbox series of Old Tel Aviv.Jerusalem, 1993.

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YANAI, MAREK

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Description: Derech Hebron. Oil on canvas. Signed by the artist lower left. Framed. 49 x 37 inches; 125 x 94 cm.• Provenance: Commissioned directly from the artist.Jerusalem, 1989.

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Description: ÒCitizens, to the Ballot Box! Vote for Ticket Number 7 - the United Jewish Socialist WorkersÕ Party. Text in Yiddish. Framed. 39.5 x 26 inches.• This extremely rare Kerensky-period poster shows the voting during the Free Elections after the Duma was disbanded and Russians were attempting to form a new government. Lenin canceled the results. The Jews had six fragmented parties.Here a farmer directs voters - both cultivated city folk and elderly shtetl dwellers - to the new Duma, which is surrounded by a halo, as if God-given.

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Description: (Movie poster). ÒHis ExcellencyÓ Text in Russian. Framed. 41 x 25 inches to mat.• This silent film directed by Grigori Roshal was based on the life of Hirsch Lekert (1880-1902), a Jewish shoemaker and militant Bund member, who carried out an unsuccessful assassination attempt of the governor of Vilna, General Victor von Wahl, to avenge the flogging of workers who participated in a May Day rally. At his trial, Lekert refused to ask for forgiveness and gave an eloquent speech on the dignity of the Jewish worker. Sentenced to death, Hirsch Lekert subsequently became a folk hero in the workersÕ movement.1928..

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Description: ÒWith every turn of the wheel of his tractor, a Jewish farmer contributes to building Socialism. Help him! - Buy a ticket for the OZET lottery.Ó Text in Yiddish and Russian. Designed by Mikhail Oskarovich Dlugach. Framed. 23.5 x 17 inches to mat.• Issued by OZET - Russian acronym for The All-Union Association for the Agricultural Settlement of Jewish Workers in the USSR (ÒVsesoiuznoe Obshchestvo po ZemelÕnomu Ustroistvu Trudiashchikhsia Evreev v SSSR.Ó) OZET (1925-38) sought to improve the socio-economic status of disenfranchised Russian Jews by resettling them from their traditional shtetls, to agricultural communes established on land provided by the State. The best known OZET-sponsored project was the creation of the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan, located in the Russian Far East.Moscow, 1929..

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Description: ÒDrive to the Collective Farm!Ó Text in Yiddish. Framed. 28.5 x 18 inches to mat.• Representative of the Kolkhoz propaganda campaign, seeking to to break up private ownership and promote collectivization into kolkhoz and sovkhoz farming communities.Depicts a proud modern woman driving a tractor, clearly superseding the traditional Jewish woman, seen in the background, blessing the Sabbath candles.Moscow, 1920Õs..

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Description: ÒMove to the Collective and Modernize. Develop the Soviet Union by Collectivization.ÓÒThe kulaks must be destroyedÓ (Stalin). Text in Yiddish. Framed. 27.5 x 40 inches to mat.• Encouraging Jewish agricultural settlements in the Crimea. Depicts new settlers arriving in horse and buggy, subsequently being outfitted with the most up-to-date, machine-driven modes of transportation and farming.1920Õs..

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Description: ÒGold is growing in Jewish Fields. You can achieve this growth for a half-ruble. Help impoverished Jews. Buy an OZET lottery-ticket.Ó Text in Russian. Framed. 39 x 26.5 inches to mat.1930..

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Description: ORT-Verband. ÒJobless craftsmen and artisans may obtain machinery and raw materials through ORT, with the financial support of relatives abroad." Text in Russian and Yiddish. Designed by Mikhail Oskarovich Dlugach. Framed. 27 x 40.5 inches to mat.• ORT was originally established in Russia in 1880 as the Obchestvo Remeslenogo Truda (Society for Trade and Agricultural Labor among the Jews of Russia). It was organized for the benefit of millions of Jews, assisting them by providing education and training in practical occupations, and so helped establish new agricultural colonies and industrial cooperatives throughout Russia.Moscow, 1930..

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Description: ÒOn the Watch for the Socialist Way. - The Red Army will fight against anyone who dares prevent our peaceful building.Ó Text in Yiddish. Framed. 27.5 x 39.5 inches to mat.Late 1920Õs..

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