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Joseph Zaritsky

Joseph Zaritsky (1985-1891) is considered to be one of the most influential modern Israeli artists. Born in Ukraine, he immigrated to Israel in the early 1920s, and was the most prominent painter in the years prior to the inception of the State of Israel. Zaritsky’s works are characterized by expressive depictions of nature, depicting abstract figures on cut surfaces, a symbol of Israeli landscapes. Zaritsky was one of the founding fathers of the Israeli abstract painting movement New Horizons (Ofakim Hadashim), through which he sought to support and encourage abstract painting. In 1959 he won the Israel Prize for painting. In 1968 he became the first artist to win the "Sandberg" prize from the Israel Museum. In 1982 he was awarded the Worthy of Tel Aviv distinction.
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