History of Israeli Art: Early 20th century

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Those of us who wonder when Israel’s modern artistic life emerged, will be intrigued to learn that it began with a sudden surge in 1901. It was in this year that the Zionist Congress agreed upon a plan in which talented young Jews would be encouraged to attend an art school in Jerusalem.


The response by competent art instructors and students was overwhelming, however, upon their arrival an immediate challenge came to light: what exactly is Israeli art? So, the first Israeli artists were immigrants, and faced questions and dilemmas in the same way as did the majority of Israeli’s in those early days.


We can ascertain from this, that the artists’ inspiration had their source in traditions and imaginative ideas which originated abroad. While this proved to bring in diverse influences from a range of other countries, the danger was to leave Israeli art void of its own unique identity.


The solution awaits you in tomorrow’s blog. Stay tuned…

Diana Shimon, Oil on Canvas

Diana Shimon, Oil on Canvas


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  1. bridefairy Said:

    I’d like to recieve a price quote for the Diana Shimon painting portrayed above. Please contact me at: artforlife@gmail.com.

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