"Rubin's poetic-mystic approach becomes even more noticeable in his paintings of the thirties. The small details of little stone houses, paths, trees, camels and donkeys gradually diminish and disappear altogether. Instead, his layers of paint become richer and more tactile. Yet, in spite of the abundant use of paint, the impression created is vague and hazy. The olive trees blend into the surrounding space, the Dome of the Rock is seen behind the wall, and even the wall seems to lose its material weight. This becomes even more evident when Rubin returned to Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967. The city was united again, the old city accessible, but for Rubin the legend of Jerusalem prevailed, and its landscapes remained a poetic vision originating in the mind of the artist and nurtured by his life-long love for the city." (Carmela Rubin, Rubin Jerusalem Landscapes In Honour of Israel's 40th Anniversary, Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv, 1988).
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