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[Lithograph] Reuven Rubin
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
640:498 mm., clean copy in very good condition, numbered cxi of cxx and signed in pencil.
Reuven Rubin (1893–1974), Israel painter, whose art is a significant example of an effort to create a national style. Rubin, who was born in Rumania, emigrated to Erez Israel in 1912. He studied at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem then in Paris, 1913–14. From 1916 to 1919, Rubin lived in Rumania where he gained a considerable reputation as a painter. Alfred Stieglitz arranged a New York exhibition for him in 1920. He returned to Palestine in 1922, and participated in the first art exhibitions in Jerusalem. In 1923, he published a series of woodcuts entitled The God Seekers. On this theme, Rubin said, "I wish only to express the idea of a Supreme Being. I am a seeker of a G-d who will end the sufferings of humanity." His one-man show inaugurated the Tel Aviv Museum in 1932. Until World War II, he designed scenery for Habimah and other Tel Aviv theaters. Rubin was Israel's first minister plenipotentiary to Rumania, 1948–50. He was the recipient of the Israel Prize in 1973. Rubin's work expresses his close identification with Erez Israel. This is shown in the almost primitive candor of his early landscapes ("Tel Aviv," 1912), still lifes, portraits, local scenes ("Dancers of Meron," 1926), and in his optimistic representations of landscapes changed by human effort. A Rubin Museum was established in Tel Aviv.
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