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On Line Exhibition-Israeli Naïve Art
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On Line Exhibition-Israeli Naïve Art

"Esther"- Elijau Sidi

"Dance of Life"- Albert Altarz

"Gog & Magog"- Moshe Elnatan

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The still-emerging market for 20th-century Naive art has seen an explosive rise in demand during the past 30 years and continues to attract new collectors. The term Naive Art, broadly referring to artists without formal training, whom their style stands out the intellectual concerns of professional artists. The Naïve painting is very simple in its style, sometimes looks as child- like painting, with very bright and cheerful colors. Because it was made outside the traditional art historical continuum, it has a raw power and universal appeal. Like music, it speaks directly to the soul.

The Israeli naïve art developed in the 1920's when a new generation of artists wanted to create local Israeli style. The Israeli naïve artists were influenced by the well known naiveté- Henri Rousseau. Their art was connected to cultural and religious themes, usually combines between ancient Eretz Israel and contemporary Israel.

The following artists are recognized as Israeli Naïve Artists:

Moshe Elnatan is the most important Israeli naïve artist, also known as the King of the Falafel, Elnatan was the near east version of the wandering Jew. Born in Persia, he was assistance to a street portraitist in Bombay market and wandered around Burma and Thailand before coming to Jerusalem in 1937.

Elnatan made a number of oils that embodied every single biblical tale and also illustrated Persian folk legends.

El- Natan's style is characterized by decorative, cheerful colors and semi- visionary depictions which were influenced by his Persian heritage.

Shalom Moskovitz from Safed was authentic folk genius, whose works has a universal appeal. Born in 1887 in Safed, the home of the Kabbalah, worked as a watchmaker tools and has been known for decades as der Zeigermacher (the watchmaker).

Moskovitz painted biblical themes with creative freedom. He succeeded to change an old style of religious themes to a new and original style. his methods of dividing up primarily vertical works into horizontal bands and the massing of a myriad of tiny figures looks like comic- strip style of boxes

Leah Hayerushalmith likes to tell bible stories with visual poems in which words are combined. Like all naïve painters her art is not an outcome of learning, her world was born of a saying, her imagery, her gay obsession emerges needless of translation or editing.

Lea's themes are mainly biblical and she employs brilliant use of colors while conveying movement. She is discharge her inner basic optimism by giving reality to a story and tangibility to an image.

Albert Altaraz's naivete connected to his Yagoslavian harritage, which is known for its naïve art.  in slav cultures naïve painters can still draw from the dwindling resources of folk art. Most of them are peasant farmers whose imaginations are enriched by store of memories relating to manners, costumes and the forms of village life.

While his father is identified with the international naïve art, Eli Eltaraz, had a multiplicity of styles. Eltaraz was one of those artists whose art is inherent in their souls. his hands did wonders in various techniques of drawing and coloring, in exceedingly original and delicate works in metal, plaster and stone. Eltaraz's work is characterized by its kindness, humor, human warmth, refinmenemt.

The appernent naivete in the work of Elijau Sidi actually masks a great deal of learning and familiarity with scripture and other jewish source metrial. It is usually a graphic depiction of a concept in jewish theology as it resides in biblical episode, and its related with humor and fantasy one would use in communicating with children. In this way even the most solemn events can be treated as if they were children's game. Sidi is telling us we must be reduced to the most utter simplicity in order to best absorb the sacred lesson into the depths of our souls.

A World of their own: Naïve Artists from Israel, Susan Tumarkin- Goodman, The Jewish Museum, New- York, 1987.


The Story of Art in Israel, Benjamin Tammuz, Dorith Levite & Gideon Ofrat, 1980, Massada LTD, Israel. 


Naïve Works by Israelis, Roberta Smith, The New- York Times, 24.7.1987.

Self-Taught Art Soars, Dana Micucci, Art and Antiques, v 27 no4 April 2004. p. 34

World encyclopedia of naive art: a hundred years of naive art, Oto Bihalji-merin, 1987, Seacaucus, New Jersey Chartwell Books.


The Spirit of Folk Art, Kent Anderson & David Baker, School Arts, vol. 93.n3, Nov 1993, p. 43



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