The son of Boris Schatz, founder of the Bezalel Academy of Arts, and Olga Schatz, an art critic, Bezalel was born into a world of art. By the age of 13 he had his first exhibition and one year later he graduated at the Bezalel Academy of Arts. His works from the 20’s reflect his connection to his father’s tradition of high realism. On 1933, one year after his father died, Bezalel left Israel for 20 years where he has been working in Paris and the U.S.A. His style on those years was more expressionistic and his work was exhibited next to paintings of Picasso and Chagall.
This painting is within his early works from the 30’s, showing a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. The city is painted in warm shades of pink with touches of purple and brown for the falling shadow. One can almost feel the warm winds caressing the skin while the sun sets.