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NAHUM GUTMAN | Tiberias Landscape

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • Nahum Gutman
  • Tiberias Landscape
  • signed N. Gutman and signed in Hebrew (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 23 by 29 in.
  • 58.4 by 74.5 cm
  • Painted in the late 1920s.


Mr Harry (Zvi) Viteles, Jerusalem (acquired directly from the artist)
Thence by descent to Ms Helen Viteles Rikoon, New York, circa 1970
Thence by descent to the present owners


Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Twenties in Israeli Art, May - November 1982, no. 21, illustrated in the exhibition catalog p. 51
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Nahum Gutman, May - September 1984, no. 28, illustrated in the exhibition catalog p. 25, p. 84
Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Permanent Exhibition Galleries, 2010-2015, 2018 (on extended loan since 1979)


Ehud Ben Ezer, ed., Nachum Gutman, Tel Aviv, 1997, pp. 68-69, illustrated
Yigal Zalmona, One Hundred Years of Art in Israel, Jerusalem, 2010, p. 77, illustrated
Ronald Fuhrer, Israeli Painting: From Post-Impressionism to Post-Zionism, New York, 1998, p. 40, illustrated
Yoram Taharlev, ed., Israeli Song: Israel in Song and Color, Israel, 2005, p. 186-187, illustrated
Yoav Dagan, The Gutman Museum, Masterpieces by Gutman from the Israel Phoenix Assurance Company Collection, Tel Aviv, 2003, p. 9, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Nahum Gutman’s idyllic Galilee landscape epitomizes the modernist expression of the artist and his peers in the 1920s. Gutman was among the premier painters of the 1920s, capturing scenes of the land of Eretz Israel and its people. Upon his return from Vienna, Berlin and Paris, Gutman turned his attention to the scenery of his home, illustrating the virginal land in undulating curves. Emphasizing the rolling contours of the terrain, Gutman’s Tiberias Landscape, intimates the fertility of the land and its potential for new life. This important masterpiece from the formative years of Israeli art has been held in the same private collection since soon after it was painted and exhibited on a long term loan to the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. It was included in a major retrospective of the artist’s work in 1984 at the Tel Aviv Museum.