Kings gallery has remarkable collection of artworks by famous Israeli artist of the mid-20th Reuven Rubin. His works leave a deep impression due to the unique transparent shining light, that is coming out from canvases. For instance, take a look at magical deep blue eyes of two boys in “A double portrait of two boys”. Rubin’s indigenous artistic style is an interesting mix of European schools of the 20th century beginning with Eastern features. Especially, the double portrait resembles naive paintings by Henri Rousseau. Fabulous faces illuminate the gentle landscape in the background.
The modernist artist is famous for gentle landscapes of Jerusalem and Galilee. He arrived in future Eretz-Israel in 1912, still the part of the Ottoman Empire at that period. The painter later recalled, that when he got off the ship in Jaffa, he realized that this was his destination, the land where he would live. His beautiful bright landscape “Road to Bet-Lehem” emits the miraculous calmness, that seems to envelop desert hills. A light blue color creates accents over sandy tints, making buildings reflect the sky and lights. Elegant cypresses and old olives are as symbols of internal endless tranquility constantly interrupted by the outward vanity and hustle.
Interestingly, in the right corners of “Road to Bet-Lehem” and “Arad Camel Trainer” one can notice the artist’s signature with his first name in Hebrew and his surname in Roman letters. This is a reference to his artistic combination of the two worlds.
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 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.