Born in Tel Yosef, Israel in 1924, Reisman grew up in Tel Aviv where he studied art with Yitzhak Frenkel. From 1951 - 1953 Reisman lived in Paris studying at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts attending the workshop of Jean Souverbie who had a great influence on his work. Ofer Lellouche also notes the influence of Nicholas de Staël and the Second School of Paris working in Paris in the middle of the 20th century. These artists opted for reduction and restraint in their works choosing simple, classical themes preferring a single figure, or two at the most, against a neutral, simple background. "There is a family relation between the nudes of Reisman, Richier, de Staël, César, and Giacometti. All these artist endeavoured to paint (or sculpt) that which the eye cannot see, rather than focusing on the surface flesh like Lucian Freud. The artist's approach to the nude is not voyeuristic... For the artist family to which Reisman belonged, nude meant monumentality, and was associated with the great powers of nature." (Ofer Lellouche, "Four Reflections on Ori", Ori Reisman: A Retrospective, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2004-2005, p. 275). Reisman lived most of his life in Kibbutz Kabri in the Western Galilee.
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