Israeli and Jewish Art spanning a century to be sold at auction Israeli and Jewish Art spanning a century to be sold at auction at the Montefiore Auction House in Tel Aviv; sale will be accessible worldwide via www.icollector.com.
News-Antique.com - Oct 23,2009 - This Tuesday, October 27, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper spanning nearly one hundred years of Israeli and Jewish art will be sold at auction by Montefiore Auction House in Tel Aviv, Israel. The auction will also be showcased live via iCollector.com, enabling visitors from around the world to participate in real time and bid online.
Sales organized by Montefiore Auction House present a rare opportunity to access both masterworks and studies by prominent artists, including members of the École de Paris, Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, and the contemporary Israeli art scene. David Bomberg, Pincas Cohen Gan, Moshe Gershuni, Nachum Gutman, Nir Hod, Isidor Kaufman, Moshe Kupferman, Chana Orloff, Ori Reisman, and Reuven Rubin represent just a small selection of the diverse group of artists featured.
“It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with Montefiore Auction House to bring this well-rounded collection of Jewish art to the worldwide stage,” says Thorsten Bonn, President of iCollector.com. “A successful client offering online live bidding since their inception, Montefiore meticulously selects artwork that will further establish both celebrated and emerging artists in this growing market.”
The sale, "Montefiore Auction House's Auction no. 12 of Israeli and International Art," will take place on October 27 at 20:00 o'clock Israel time (11:00 Pacific Time, 14:00 Eastern Time) at the Dan Hotel Tel Aviv and will include 291 item with the total estimated value of 2 million USD. A preview featuring images, estimates, and start prices is available at the following link:
A veritable star of the auction is the engaging portrait of Elisabeth Zurkow by Austro-Hungarian painter Isidor Kaufman. Marek Zurkow, who became a delegate to the first Jewish Congress following World War II, commissioned Kaufman to paint this portrait of his niece. Zurkow subsequently presented it as a gift to Mr. and Mrs. Motie Stoliar, the owners and directors of The Israelitan Daily.
The auction also features works of several artists from the École de Paris, a term broadly applied to foreign artists—many Jewish—who settled in Paris in the early twentieth century. Moise Kisling’s striking early piece, "Jacinthe," c. 1916, depicting a gently leaning hyacinth flower, and the strong abstract forms and decorative swirls in Ossip Zadkine’s "Three Figures," 1925, reflect these artists participation in the development of the Cubist and Expressionist styles of painting.
Other highlights of this period include work by Emmanuel Mané-Katz, who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in the Ukraine before traveling to Paris in 1913. In the evocative Praying Jews, he employs the loose brushwork of Expressionism in his exploration of shtetl life. The lush application of paint and vibrant colors in André Lanskoy’s "Still Life on a Table," make the fish, flowers, and lemons depicted appear truly delectable. In her "Portrait of Shalom Asch," 1932, Chana Orloff uses her own language of smooth textures and simplified shapes, to capture the serious gaze of this insightful Yiddish writer.
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