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Zvi Raphaeli “Street in Jerusalem”

Please find details of “Street in Jerusalem” by Zvi Raphaeli

Spring warm painting by Israeli impressionist artist depicts a sunlit passage, probably, it is Mahane Yehuda Market. Zvi Raphaeli masterfully conveys the light and shades, this artwork is an instant impression, that radiates calmness. Moreover, the street appears to be full of motion, paints transmit the feeling of wind blowing through bright tents. Quivering iridescent strokes create the sense of vibration. Besides, the artist plunges viewers into the space of the painting. As they are looking into the depth of the work, they are proceeding ahead through the alleyway.

Over the years Zvi Raphaeli,

changed and developed his unique style. He depicted mostly Israeli street scenes, Jewish life and festivities. Besides, he continued to develop in the spiritual world and in 1960 he was sent to Italy, for three years of service as a rabbi. The artist used impasto technique in his oil on canvas paintings. Impressionistic, but, also, unusual style of the painter drew the attention of critics. Among others, Austrian born Israeli art critic Theodore F. Meisels described the art of Raphaeli in The Jerusalem Post: “Still, one should watch out; Should Raphaeli, who behind his beard is far younger than he looks, ever attempt to harmonize his two worlds, then this genuine painting ‘Chassid’ could develop into an Israeli Chagall…”

You can find a large selection of works created by Zvi Raphaeli in Kings Gallery. In addition, check our blog about Inhabitants of the Holy city.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and, also, contemporary Israeli and International art. The gallery specializes primarily 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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