Born in 1891 in Borispol, Ukraine, Zaritsky emigrated to Israel in 1922. After completing his studies in Paris in 1927 he eventually settled in Tel Aviv. In 1948, he became the founder of New Horizons, the first group of Israeli artists to explore abstract painting. Identifying themselves with the French lyrical abstract school, and influenced by artists such as Bissière, Manessier, Bazaine, Polliakoff and de Staël, these Israeli artists adopted the notion of pure artistic values emphasizing bright torrents of color, abstract lines and patterns over their previous representational works with darker European colors. In 1959, he won the Israel National prize and continued to exhibit in Israel and abroad. Zaritsky started painting Kibbutz Yehiam (founded in 1946) in 1949. He taught art at the kibbutz during the summers of 1949-1951. Zaritsky returned to the subject of Kibbutz Yehiam again and again until 1959 and during the years the figurative motifs became more and more abstract, the color fields become more emphasized and the landscape becomes an abstract bird's-eye view of the kibbutz. "The painting is presented as a 'makom', a 'place', opposite and within which the artist and the viewer stand and move. The large dimensions of the Yechiam oils certainly contribute to the sense that the space is an alternative 'environment' to the actual reality." (Mordechai Omer (ed.), 90 Years of Israeli Art: A Selection from the Joseph Hackmey - Israel Phoenix Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1998-1999, p. 226).
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