Lot 28
  • 28

Mordecai Ardon

250,000 - 350,000 USD
250,000 USD
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  • Mordecai Ardon
  • Judean Hills
  • Signed Ardon. (lower right); signed Ardon and in Hebrew, titled Judean Hills and in Hebrew, and dated 1967 twice (on the stretcher)
  • Oil on canvas


Bineth Gallery of Fine Arts, Jerusalem
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1967


Michelle Vishny, Mordecai Ardon, New York, 1973, no. 231, p. 232, illustrated pl. 158

Catalogue Note

Ardon’s landscapes from the 1960s verge on the abstract; his work is an exploration of light, color, texture and temperature. With palette knives and a special brush, Ardon created a dynamic surface where colors glow with an internal light. (Ruth Apter-Gabriel, Mordecai Ardon: Landscapes of Infinity, 2003)

Judean Hills, in the same private collection since the year it was painted, revisits the subject of one of Ardon’s first paintings after moving to Israel, In the Hills of Judea, c. 1935, with the mature style and brighter color palette of the 1960s. Ardon was deeply moved by the landscapes of his new homeland. “Ardon recollects that he experienced a mystical attachment to the ancient soil. His canvas is not so much the portrait of a place as it is a revelation of the mysterious union he felt with the earth.” (Michele Vishny, Mordecai Ardon, p. 28)