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Nachum Gutman

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Nachum Gutman is a landscape painter, sculptor, illustrator, graphic artist and children’s writer. He even was a recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for contributions to children’s literature (1962). Although born in Moldavia, he wrote in Hebrew.

Early age

In 1903, the family moved to Odessa, where Nachum attended cheder with studies in Hebrew. However, in1905, they traveled futher and settled in Jaffa. After the death of Nachum’s mother, his grandmother continued the upbringing. At the same time, the future artist began taking his first drawing lessons from Ira Yan and entered the Hertzliya Gymnasium. Shortly after Nachum Gutman left for Jerusalem and especially for the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design under Boris Schatz and Abel Pen.

In 1917, along with other Jerusalem residents, the artist was expelled from the city by the Turks (it was later described in his book “The path of the Orange Peels”).

Later he volunteered for the Jewish Legion of the British Army. In 1920, Nachum Gutman decided to continue his artistic education in Europe and until 1926 lived in Vienna, Paris, Berlin. In addition to paintings he illustrated the books of his father and the writers of his circle including Hayim Nahman Bialik and Shaul Tchernichovsky.


Finally, in 1926, the artist came back to Tel-Aviv and devoted himself to landscape paintings and children’s books illustrations. In 1932, his first personal exhibition took place. In the early 1960s, he got into mosaics.

There is the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art in Tel-Aviv. Nahum Gutman Society opened it on the 3rd of May in 1988. Its exhibitions include works by contemporary Israeli artists in order to create a cultural dialogue between old and new masters.

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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