Israel Paldi, Ukrainian/Israeli (1892 - 1979)

Israel Paldi

Paldi was born in 1892 in Ukraine. In 1909 he came to Israel where he studied in Bezalel Academy in Jersusalem. He returned to Europe to study at the Munich Academy from 1911 - 1914.

One of the great early Israeli masters. Spent his childhood in Switzerland and came to Palestine in 1909. Studied at the art academy in Munich; lived in Constantinople. Participated in early Tower of David exhibitions as a rebel student of the Bezalel School. His works are defined by the "orientalism" popular at the time. This is a romantic-idealistic view of reality, a tendency towards the primitive and naive, and centered on oriental elements and on School of Paris techniques.

After winning a prize in Paris in 1926 for his work on a stage set for "The Fisherman's Tent", he went on to win the Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture in Tel Aviv three times: 1943, 1953 and 1959.

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