Born as Mordecai Bronstein in Tuchow, Poland. In 1919 he moved to Berlin and studied with Kandinsky, Klee and Lyonel Feininger at the Bauhause, Weimar. He immigrated to Israel in 1933 and settled in Jerusalem.
Between 1940 to 1952 Ardon was the director of the Bezalel School of arts and crafts and changed its character. In 1974 he got an honorary doctorate of philosophy. In his last years he lived and worked in Paris, where he received international recognition.
Ardon's painting moved gradually from descriptive landscape to abstract. his semi- abstract work was dominated by symbolic and allegorical fragments- pieces of written manuscripts, stars, ladders, etc. in his later work, his paintings are almost completely abstract. Ardon depicted in most of his work the sky. the symbolism of the sky in his art works is connected to Jewish Mysticism, kabbalah symbols, theosophy, philosophy and metaphysics.
As a central European master of art, Ardon mixed his own colors and took great pains to produce the intricate texture of his paintings. His rich inner world is full of associations and defined visual symbols, the working of which somewhat reminiscent of his teacher, Paul Klee. His aesthetic approach tended to the splendid and festive in the grand manner, in a vast range of pure, luminous colors.
for further reading:
- Gideon Ofrat, "In Ardon's Skies" >> link to the full article (in hebrew)
- Mordecai Ardon: Landscapes of Infinity, 2003, exhibition catalogue, Israel
- Arturo Schwarz, Mordecai Ardon: The Colors of Time, 2003, Tel Aviv
- Agi Katz, "Obituary: Mordecai Ardon", The Independent, 8.7.1992
>> link to the full article
- Michele Vishny, Mordecai Ardon, 1974, H.N Abrams, New York
Original works by Mordecai Ardon can be found at the Engel Galleries Israeli art collection.