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From the partners’ collections: New Colony by Reuven Rubin, Israel 1929

Creator/Photographer: Rubin, Reuven, 1893-1974
Medium: Painting
Date: 1929
Persistent URL: digital.cjh.org/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=367340
Repository: Yeshiva University Museum
Call Number: 1986.138
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This picture depicts Tel Aviv just a few years—seemingly moments—after its founding in the early 20th century.  One of the founders of the Jerusalem school of primitivistic painting, Rubin depicted “the East” as a young, vibrant, and even naive place—in contrast to the cold, gray Europe.

Rubin initially came to Palestine in 1912 to study at the Bezalel school.  He moved permanently to Eretz Israeli in 1934 after studying art in Paris and Berlin.  From 1948 – 1952 he was Israel’s plenipotentiary to Romania and in 1952 represented Israel at the Venice Bienniale.  

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Feinberg.

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