Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), Born in Teleneşti, Bessarabia, (then part of the Russian Empire). He Immigrated to Israel in 1905 with his family, one of the first pioneers of Tel Aviv city. He studied at Bezlael Academy and after serving in War World One, he traveled between Paris, Vienna and Berlin.
Gutman is a founding figure in Israeli art; he painted the landscape of Tel Aviv extensively, and perpetuated its development through the years. His artistic style was eclectic, ranging from figurative to abstract.
Gutamn was facinated by Matisse’s colors and Roussu’s naïve paintings. Their influence on him can be seen in his paintings after he came back to Israel in 1926.
Gutman was also a well-known writer and illustrator of children’s books. In 1978, he received the Israel Prize for his contribution to Hebrew Children’s literature.
1908 Herzlia Gymnasium, Tel Aviv
1912 Art, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
1920 Art, School of Art,Vienna, Austria
1922 Berlin, Germany, studied the art of printing
1917 Painting studio in Tel Aviv (with Haim Navon and Martha Halperin)
Awards And Prizes
1938 Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture
1946 Lamdan Prize for Children’s Literature
1955 Sicily Award for watercolor painting at the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1956 Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
1962 Hans Christian Andersen Literary Prize on behalf of Unesco
1964 Yatziv Prize
1969 Fichman Prize for Literature and Art
1974 Doctor, Honores Causa, Tel Aviv University
1976 Worthy Citizen of Tel Aviv Award, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
1978 Israel Prize for Children’s Literature