Born in Transylvania, Romania. Immigrated to Israel in 1921, studied at the Bezalel Art Academy and painting with Yitzhak Frenkel.
Levanon is considered one of the founding fathers of Israeli art. like most of the artists in his time, Levanon was enchanted by Eretz Israel's illuminating light and its play of colors, which remain a remarkable sign of his oeuvre.
As an idealistic artist, Levanon believed in the idea of the Jewish people's rebirth in its homeland where spiritual and physical revival went hand in hand.
Some sees levanon as "the Israeli Van Gogh"; similar to Van Gogh in his time, Levanon also yearned after the sublime in his works, he was a magnificent landscape painter, who used to paint the holy cities of Jerusalem and Sfad. Levanon's paintings have a magical and mystical quality of a world created through a poetic- artistic vision.
In 1937 Levanon held his first one- man exhibition in Tel Aviv and from that year on, he took part in almost every annual collective exhibition of Israeli Artists.
for further reading:
Gideon Ofrat, Mordechai Levanon: The Mountain and the Temple.
>>link to the article (in hebrew)
David Gilaadi, Mordechai Levanon's life and Oeuvre , 1970, Jerusalem (in Hebrew)
Original art works by Mordechai Levanon can be found at the Engel Galleries Israeli art collection.