Details & Cataloguing

Israeli and International Art

New York

Reuven Rubin
1893 - 1974
signed Rubin and signed in Hebrew (lower left); signed twice RUBIN, titled The Big Bouquet, dated 1963/64 and inscribed Made in Israel (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
45 1/8 by 35 in.
116 x 89 cm.
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Irving Geist, New York
Purchased by the present owner directly from the daughter of the above


Jerusalem, The Israel Museum and The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Rubin Retrospective Exhibition, May-June 1966, illustrated in color on the cover of the exhibition catalogue


Reuven Rubin, My Life My Art, 1969, New York, page 170, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Rubin is an artist who is in love with this land, who intimately knows its winding paths and byways, who excels at painting its scenery, its fruits and flowers in his own distinctive manner... He simply loves life, enjoys whatever he sees and seeks to convey his feeling of optimism to his canvas or sheet of paper. True, he endeavours, as Raoul Dufy put it, to 'depict the beauty that is apparent to the eye,' but beauty appears differently to the eye of each artist, and is expressed in his work only through this different angle of 'seeing', which is to become 'style'. What characterizes Rubin as a person in his faculty of being happy, plain and simple, his capacity to enjoy the sight of a beautiful landscape, the colour of a flower, a friendlier chat... 'I paint,' he says, 'what I love: my people, my family, my country. To paint means to sing, and every artist must make his own voice heard.'" (Dr. Haim Gamzu, Rubin Retrospective Exhibition, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1966).

Israeli and International Art

New York