Lot 21
  • 21

Mordecai Ardon

250,000 - 350,000 USD
250,000 USD
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  • Mordecai Ardon
  • In Twilight (...du soir)
  • Signed Ardon. (upper left); signed Ardon and in Hebrew, dated 1969, and titled in French and Hebrew (on the stretcher)
  • Oil on canvas


Bineth Gallery of Fine Arts, Jerusalem
Yehuda Assia, Tel Aviv (acquired from the above by 1973)
Thence by descent to the present owner


Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Mordecai Ardon, Landscapes of Infinity, February - July 2003, no. 45
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Highlights from the Yehuda Assia Collection, September - November 2009, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue p. 43


Michelle Vishny, Mordecai Ardon, New York, 1973, no. 252, p. 232, illustrated pl. 182

Catalogue Note

Six Masterpieces from the collection of the late Yehuda Assia

(lots 9, 15, 21, 23, 27, and 79)

Born in Baghdad, Yehuda Assia (1917-2016) immigrated to Israel at 32 in 1949, and spent the following years between Israel and Geneva. A successful banker and businessman, a dedicated philanthropist, a devoted husband and father, Assia began collecting art with his late wife Jeanette Assia after they were inspired by the private collections of their acquaintances in Geneva. Assia’s passion for art that reflects the traditions in which he was raised guided the tone and subject of his collecting. Masterworks from Israel’s leading artists filled the walls of his home, alongside examples from international modern masters, with deeply personal associations for the collector. Carmela Rubin describes a visit to Assia’s home where she toured his collection in preparation for exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “Assia paused by every one of Mordecai Ardon and Abel Pann’s paintings, and quoted the biblical phrase to which each of the abstract or figurative compositions relates…he quoted each phrase in full from memory…How important it seemed to him… that none of his guests remain oblivious to the details of these biblical stories” (Yehuda Assia – Art Collector, Highlights from the Yehuda Assia Collection, p. 197).