How Israeli Abstract Art came about

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The 1930’s brought a large number of immigrant artists from Europe, and this led to German expressionism and additional innovative European trends to the Holy Land. This international tendency came to the forefront in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and endeavored to free Israeli art, and painting in particular, from its increasingly localized character, in order to bring it into the arena of contemporary European art. Thus, much resultant Israeli art has been very abstract in nature.


The trends of Biblical and Diaspora influences, the effort to create a unique “Hebrew art,” and the direction towards contemporary abstraction, have been the foundation of Israel’s art attempts in becoming self defined. These elements constitute lush ground for today’s Israeli artists, and furnishing them with a range of options and living traditions that are open for them to adopt, transfigure, and combine with new ideas.


All this, creates the art of modern Israel, after less than a century, indeed a vibrant and rich tradition, and one that every collector and admirer can experience and enjoy!


Betty Rubinstein - Dancing in the Wind

Betty Rubinstein - Dancing in the Wind



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