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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN ISRAEL

Moshe Gershuni
b. 1936
UNTITLED
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN ISRAEL

Moshe Gershuni
b. 1936
UNTITLED
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Moshe Gershuni
b. 1936
1936 - 2017
UNTITLED
oil, graphite and oil sticks on paper
63 by 41 3/4 in.
160 by 106 cm.
Executed in 1989.
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Exhibited

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum of Art,  Moshe Gershuni, Works 1987-1990, 1990, no. 42, illustrated in color in the exhibition catalogue

Catalogue Note

Discussing this work, Itamar Levy notes: " The two hands, which have also been two buds and two candle flames, appear here as two trees. The roots are exposed, the trunks are cut and charred and the bark is crumbling. From within the dead stumps spring two new saplings. The trees float in space (which like the sea, the desert and the forest, is "no place")... The painting can be read as a mourning painting, but it can also be read as rebirth... In the first reading, the trees loom heavily, and are rigid. The pain resides in the exposed roots and the scorched trunks. The cutting truncates the upward flow. In the second reading, the trees are dancing lightly. The root of the tree on the left becomes a grasshopper-like leg or a nervous flipper. The root on the right is more introverted... Between the dead trees there is an intimacy which the new saplings do not share. The rigid trunks are delicately aligned, while the lithe saplings stand apart. The numbers and the sign of the cross, like co-ordinates on a celestial map, signify that there is place and there is direction, even if the place and the direction can not be described." (Itamar Levy, Moshe Gershuni, Works 1987-1990, exhibition catalogue, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1990).

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