Fine Art, Silverware, Judaica, Chinese and Decorative Art, Part I - Tuesday, Jan 12th
Signed in pencil (lower right) and numbered 96/160 (lower left)
Screenprint in Colors
58 x 70 cm
Mordechai Ardon (Bronstein), (1896-1992), Israeli painter of Polish birth. Born in Tuchów, Poland, in 1896. As a young boy he greatly admired El Greco, Goya and Rembrandt. He emigrated to Germany in 1919, and from 1920 to 1925 studied at the Bauhaus School, Weimar, under Klee, Kandinsky, Johannes Itten and Lyonel Feininger and the following year studied painting techniques at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich under Max Doerner. During the 1920s he changed his name from Max Bronstein to Mordecai Ardon. He taught at the Kunstschule Itten in Berlin from 1929 to 1933, when Nazi persecution forced him to flee to Jerusalem. Though he had been an active Communist in Germany, in Jerusalem he soon found a great affinity with Jewish religion and culture. In 1935 he was made a professor at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, and was its Director from 1940 to 1952. Prizes: 1954 Unesco Prize. 1963 Israel Prize; 1988 Boris Schatz Prize; 1992 Isracard Prize, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv. 1965 Lived in Paris and Jerusalem. 1954, 1958, 1968 Participated in Venice Biennale. 1974 Doctor of Honor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Ardon died in 1992 in Jerusalem.