Shmuel Charuvi / Song of Songs

Shmuel Charuvi / Song of Songs
Charuvi arrived to Israel from Odessa in 1914 at the age of seventeen. Since then, he documented the Israeli landscape and the holy places as natural experiences in the eastern light and color.  His work was greatly influenced by his student years in the Bezalel Academy (1914-17) where he worked with the charismatic group of students (including Menahem Shemi, Nahum Gutman, and others) who were to shape the new Israeli art. Charuvi’s miniature “The Song of Songs” combines his great affection to landscape painting with the stories of the bible. It shows an idyllic vision of the holy land, where people live a peaceful life. The men and women play their harps as they observe a valley filled with lakes and trees. The biblical story allows Charuvi to paint the views he saw in Israel as if they were visions taken from a dream.