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Nachum Gutman and His Art

Please view artworks by Nachum Gutman presented in Kings gallery

Nachum Gutman was born in the village Teleneshty, Bessarabia. When he was 7, the family emigrated to Israel and settled in Neve Tsedek, where artist’s father worked as a teacher. Nachum Gutman started his education at Bezalel Academy of Arts, and then later studied painting in Vienna, Berlin and Paris. In Israel the painter was a part of an artistic circle, that formed “The Eretz-Israeli Style”, mostly focused on landscape paintings. Another well known member of this movement was Reuven Rubin, whose artworks comprise the collection of Kings gallery.

The unique style of Gutman includes a combination of French primitive-naive art and Expressionism. He worked in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, gouache, sculpture, mosaics and engravings.


Nachum Gutman was a writer, that is why many of his paintings have a narrative character. The artist even created several illustrated books for children. Moreover, he received the “Lamdan Award for Children’s Literature” and the “Fichman Prize for Literature and Art”.

“The carriage”

The carriage” presented in the Kings gallery is an example of his narrrative naive works. Simplicity of composition with two-dimensional characters conveyes a fabulous world of artist’s fantasy. The painter sharply contrasts magical bright colors on the grey background. Fairy characters captivate viewers and invite to follow the flying carriage.

In Tel-Aviv there is the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art opened on May 3rd 1988 by the Nahum Gutman Society. 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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