“To paint the Land of Israel as I imagined it from afar.”
– Shmuel Charuvi
Odessa, Ukraine, 1897 – Israel, 1965
Born in Ukraine in 1897. He was raised by a Traditional family. In 1910, he was sent to study art in Odessa, Ukraine where he met Professor Boris Schatz. In an art exhibition organized by the Bezalel students in Odessa, he was fascinated by the Zionist idea and decided to immigrate to Israel. He studied at the Bezalel Academy from 1914 when he was only 17 years old. At the young age of seventeen, Shmuel Charuvi moved to Israel and joined the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design. His Eastern European childhood is evident in his romantic use of color and brush stroke, but he is also an ardent realist influenced by Abel Pann. Charuvi’s paintings depict classical bucolic scenes of Israel, and the country’s holy places in warm tones. He rarely includes human figures in his works, and works to preserve the idealistic image of Israel before contemporary reconstruction. Charuvi was endlessly interested in the transience of time and often painted vanishing landscapes, clouds and shadows.