Property from a Private Collection in Israel
1893 - 1974
HORSES IN CAESAREA
signed Rubin and signed in Hebrew (lower left)
painted in 1973
oil on canvas
20⅝ by 28 in.
52.3 by 71.1 cm.
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Carmela Rubin of the Rubin Museum Foundation.
This work is in very good condition. No retouching is apparent when viewed under ultra violet light. The canvas is not relined.
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Sale: Matsart Auctions, Jerusalem, May 21, 2014, lot 37
Purchased from the above by the present owner
“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 endeavors, 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). In this work, the artist depicts the view from his beloved home in Caesarea, wild horses galloping in the dunes against the ruins of the old Roman aqueduct.