Alek D. Epstein. Discovering The Holy Land’s Historic Landscapes through Art: Peter Gluzberg, a Graduate of the Kharkiv Institute of Art and Design, in Israel

Discovering The Holy Land’s Historic Landscapes through Art: Peter Gluzberg, a Graduate of the Kharkiv Institute of Art and Design, in Israel

By Alek D. Epstein

(Center for Research in Contemporary Art (Jerusalem – Moscow – Paris) )

Source: Judaica Ukrainica 3 (2014): 170-187

Publication date: December 1, 2014

Publication type: article

Language: English

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Abstract

An eminent Israeli artist, Peter Gluzberg, was born in Moldova, but spent seven years in Ukraine, which were of great importance for him. With his works, he introduces a new style that could be described as Mediterranean or even Erets-Israeli impressionism, a rare example of en plein air painting celebrating the uniqueness of nature’s every mood instead of man and his deeds. In recent decades, Israeli art has clearly switched to ideology: the political reality of the Arab-Israeli confict has invaded Israeli art and has become the central theme of most works by contemporary artists. Gluzberg becomes one of those who recreate the open-air impressionist painting tradition in a place where it did not emerge earlier due to historical reasons. As a result, most of the places depicted by Gluzberg had never caught the eye of an artist before, and now thanks to his work they have achieved a place in the art for the very frst time. This article is dedicated to the analysis of the historical background of sites (in Jerusalem, Jafa, old Tel Aviv, near the Galilee sea and so forth), painted by Gluzberg during the last two decades.

 

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DOI 10.14653/ju.2014.09