Today, we’re going to do another artist feature! Our focus is Zvi Raphaeli, an Egyptian-born, Israeli-raised, painter who focused on impressionism. Educated at top-tier schools in France and Israel, he blended his love of Judaism with his artistic skills to create beautiful artwork. Let’s look at some pieces which will be featured in our upcoming show!
Take a look at this piece of the shuk, or the open-air market of Jerusalem. The fluid lines Raphaeli uses are so similar to the market itself. People are always moving from one stall to the next, hoping to pick out the best fruits and vegetables.
There’s something so interesting about this piece of one of the New York City bridges. Raphaeli switched mediums between this one and the first. Our first piece featured heavy and artfully imprecise strokes and details, just like the nature of the market. Here, the medium is intentional and delicately placed, echoing the nature of the suspension bridge.
Finally, we move back to the fluid strokes, but this time, with color! Take a moment to imagine this piece without the color- it would look like a barren landscape with no indication of the setting. With our bright blue sky and vibrant green leaves, and the hint of red-orange leaves on the left side, we can tell its early fall. Not every tree has turned yet, but the crisp, windy season is almost upon us.