Born 1920 Vienna, Austria – Died 2017 Tel-Aviv, Israel
Yosl Bergner is one of Israel’s most distinguished and important artists. Born in Vienna, Bergner grew up in a family that valued culture and the spirit; His father was a poet who translated some of Franz Kafka’s books into Yiddish. His mother was a singer and his uncle Moshe who was a painter had a great impact on him.
His sister and he immigrated to Australia at the age of 17, where he attended the Melbourne Academy of the Arts. Yosl surrounded himself with cultural figures, including the poet Yosl Birstein, who became his closest friend for decades to come.
Yosl Bergner’s wife, Audrey, is a painter. The couple immigrated to Israel together in 1950. Their home became a meeting place for intellectuals of sorts – first in Safed, and then on Bilu Street in central Tel Aviv a few years later. After immigrating to Israel, he changed his first name to Yosl. Soon he became one of the busiest and most admired artists in Israel.
Over the years,
His paintings became happier, brighter and more colorful as he incorporated Israeli motifs into his work. Moreover, One of the main characteristics in Bergner’s painting; was to show sadness combined with joy. Even though it may seem esteems like a negative emotion at first glance. The public’s grasp on these pieces changed over time due to how Israelis loved what they saw from him so much. Those same exilic colors are now inseparable part not only our lives but also identity markers for who we are here locally
Yosl Bergner was more than just an artist. He used his skills in many different mediums as well. Embracing every opportunity that came along to express himself creatively. In addition to his ability to tell stories through imagery or performance art pieces like; set designing for plays by Nissim Aloni. Nevertheless, he also illustrated books including classics which are now collectors’ items because they’re written over 50 years ago.
The kitchen grader is one of the most prominent motifs in Yosl Bergner’s work, and he explained it this way: “During my childhood there were no ordinary toys.” Another common tool that appears often throughout his paintings are tools for cooking such as knives or pots. The artist says they became important to him after living through an isolated period without any Playthings (toys) available, just different types food!
Despite the fact
That Bergner is widely regarded as one of the most important painters in the history of Israel, as evidenced by the Israel Prize for Arts he received in 1980, he always describes himself as a professional rather than an artist.
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