Please view “Judean hills” by Jossi Stern
Judean Hills or the Hebron Mountains is a mountain range where ancient biblical cities, such as Jerusalem, Hebron are located. For centuries, people have been building and destroying towns and villages here. The artist has showed the view through the prism of time, depicting some houses detailed and some as silhouettes. According to the Jewish tradition, this area was the allotment of the Tribe of Judah, this place was a center of the Kingdom of Judah (930-586 BCE). The landscape seems to be infinfte, it resembles the troubled sea. Stern has conveyed the structure of the layered limestone, that as stairs go over all human constructions and cultures. The artwork suggests meditation, blue tints captivate.
Jossi (or Joseph) Stern was born in a small village in the north of Hungary in 1923. After Hitler’s arrival to power and declaration of his frightening antisemitic agenda, the young artist left for Palestine. However, as he escaped on an illegal ship, he was sent to a prison camp for six months. Fortunately, in 1943, he enrolled in the Bezalel school of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem. This happened due to the support and help of two wealthy immigrants, that he met during his trip from Hungary.
Jossi Stern depicted peculiar heroes of Jerusalem – its merchants and beggars. Particularly, he conveyed the connection between the sacred and the mundane of the Holy City.
Moreover, the artist worked for the Hagana’s official paper as an editor and illustrator and later for Yediot Ahronot, Davar, and others.
Selection of artworks by Jossi Stern presented in Kings gallery
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. The gallery specializes primarily in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. Besides, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.