1893 - 1974
WELL IN THE OLIVE FOREST
signed Rubin and signed in Hebrew (lower left); signed Rubin, signed in Hebrew, titled Well in the Olive Forest and dated 1937 MADE IN ISRAEL (on the stretcher)
painted in 1937
oil on canvas
23 by 28 in.
58.5 by 71 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. The canvas is not relined. There is minor craquelure mainly in the sky area and a few scattered areas of retouching mainly by top edge of the work are apparent when viewed under ultra violet light.
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Alfred Werner discusses the influence of Rembrandt's impasto techniques and the manner of the Impressionists on Rubin's work in the 1930s: “There was to be noted a growing tendency towards fuller and stronger colour, greater textural weight and more visible movement... He who had been nature's master, re-arranging, abbreviating or distorting at will for the sake of pictorial unity, now permitted himself to be influenced into a quasi-impressionism by the silver colour of the trees guarding a winding road, or by a town on a hill viewed through misty veils of lights. The ancient olive trees became an untiring subject for Rubin and absorbed him with their form and their light, and in the opinion of outstanding critics of contemporary art, during the past years he has evolved an almost abstract conception of the subject, which the art world today readily recognizes as a distinct personal contribution,” (Alfred Werner, Rubin, Tel Aviv, 1958, pp. 8-9).