Property from a Private Collection in Israel
1893 - 1974
signed Rubin, signed in Hebrew (lower left); signed Rubin, signed in Hebrew, titled White Lilac and dated 1965 (on the stretcher)
painted in 1965
oil on canvas
28 by 19 in.
71.2 by 48.3 cm.
This work is accompanied by a certificated of authenticity from Carmela Rubin of the Rubin Museum Foundation.
This work is in very good condition. There are some abrasions along the bottom edge, scattered craquelure mainly around the table area and a spot of craquelure by the center of the right edge. This work is not relined. No retouching is apparent when viewed under ultra violet light.
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Sale: Tiroche Auctions, Hertzliya, January 25, 2014, lot 99
Purchased from the above by the present owner
Early in his career, Reuven Rubin began to paint flowers and continued throughout the years. Rubin took great pleasure in the diversity of colors, scents and shapes, but his interest in depicting them as a main subject only occurred after his wife Esther arrived in the country. “They would return from their country-side outings with bunches of wild flowers and she would carefully arrange them in bowls and vases in his home, so that he was always conscious of their beauty... with the years, his handling of flower pieces has grown freer, with more emphasis on vibrance of color than on shape of individual flowers...” (Sarah Wilkinson, Reuven Rubin, New York, 1974, p. 60).