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“Gesture to Mondriaan” by Menashe Kadishman

Kings gallery has two artworks from “Gesture to Mondriaan” series by Menashe Kadishman. The artist is famous of hundreds of portraits of sheep each one different from another. Significantly, the author usually transfers his message through colors and expressive eyes of his heroes. Reference to Piet Mondrian (before 1906 – Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan) in the way of selection of colors and conveying the simplest forms is an attempt to combine the senses of world of two artists. Geometric figures create the image of sheep.


Menashe Kadishman managed to depict outlines of the animal only via stroke directions. The first “Gesture to Mondriaan” reminds of Mondriaan’s “Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow”. Kadishman plays with an interaction of absract and naturalistic, also, divides the form and content. He analyzes the formula: “Pure abstract art becomes completely emancipated, free of naturalistic appearances” (Mondriaan, 1929). Mondriaan called his style Neo-Plasticism or “The New Plastic Painting,” his idea was to depict the structure of reality in reduced to the simplest of rectilinear forms, squares and rectangles defined by vertical and horizontal lines. Particularly, the illusion of reality is not the aim of the art. Abstraction could serve as a universal pictorial language signifying the evolution.


“Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow” is a harmony of contrasts and asymetry that represents both balance and the tension of development powers. The sheep in the answer by Kadishman seems to look into this perception of the world from inside. The second “Gesture to Mondriaan” has another combination of colors – yellow, blue and their tints. We see how the painter produces the shades. The sheep’s shape instantly appears in the mind.

Please find the selection of artworks by Menashe Kadishman

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. Especially, the gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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