Property from a Private Collection in Europe
1898 - 1980
THE THREE ANGELS
signed in Hebrew (lower left)
painted in 1950
oil on canvas
21¼ by 25⅝ in.
54 by 65 cm
Overall this work is in good condition. It is not relined. There are a few lines of craquelure mainly in the area of the purple sky. No retouching is apparent when viewed under UV light.
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Estate of the Artist
Shulamit Gallery, Jaffa
Sale: Sotheby's Tel Aviv, May 31, 1990, lot 29
Sale: Ben-Ami Art Auctioneers, Tel Aviv, July 2, 1991, lot 38
Purchased from the above by the present owner
Gutman's fascination with life in the land of Israel is inherent throughout the artist's oeuvre. Whether he is depicting contemporary scenes from daily life or stories from the land's rich Biblical past, his colors are bright, his scenes are vibrant and his brushstrokes are expressive. Although influenced by artists such as Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau and especially Raoul Dufy, Gutman had his own unique style which combined modernist trends, exotic orientalist elements, fine illustrative lines and a narrative and vivid depiction of the building of a new life. "We didn't want to paint solemn Jews in synagogues or at the Western Wall. We wished to depict the country's landscapes and their different hues... We sensed that only one thing would bind them together.... seeing Jews of the kind we learned about in the Bible. Painting landscapes in sharp, frothy colors." (Nachum Gutman, Between Sand and Blue Skies (Hebrew), Tel Aviv, 1980 as quoted in Gideon Ofrat, One Hundred Years of Art in Israel, Canada, 1998, p. 48).