The December 17th Israeli and International Art auction is among the finest sales ever offered in this category. An exceptionally rich selection of works by Reuven Rubin includes examples from every decade of his illustrious career. It is a rare privilege to offer two superb works from the mid-1920’s The Road to Meron and Threshing in the Galilee, which exuberantly express the excitement of the young artist who is captivated by the flowering of the land under renewed Jewish settlement. These works are executed in his signature naïve style of that time. We are also honored to be offering one of the most celebrated works by Mordecai Ardon, The Venus of Beersheba. This work has the distinction of appearing on the cover of the Israel Museum’s retrospective exhibition, Mordecai Ardon: The Colors of Time, in 2004. In addition to these highlights, all the important movements of Israeli art are represented in this sale, including excellent examples of the New Horizons group and the development of contemporary video and photography. Once again this year Sotheby’s is pleased to offer photographs from the Shpilman Institute for Photography, including one of Ilit Azoulay’s most important works to date, a 4-part photograph entitled Room # 8, Wall No. 1. Israeli sculpture is represented by Menashe Kadisman, whose passing this year was deeply felt by the Israeli Art community, Itzhak Danziger and Siglait Landau. The International section of the sale includes works by Chana Orloff, Bruno Schulz, Mane-Katz and Joseph Isreals.