Menashe Kadishman

1932-2015 Menashe Kadishman was born in Tel Aviv in 1932. He enlisted to the Nahal unit in 1950, and was stationed at Kibbutz Maayan Baruch, at the border crossing between Lebanon, Syria and Israel. He worked as a sheep shepherd and spent most of his time outdoors, a theme that comes through in many of his works. Kadishman studied sculpture under the sculptor Moshe Sternshus between 1947-50 and in 1954 continued to study sculpture under the sculptor Rudy Lehmann. In 1959 he went to study art in London where he painted and sculpted. He finally returned to Israel in 1972. In 1978, Kadishman was chosen to represent Israel at the Venice Biennale, where he presented a herd of painted sheep while he himself served as their shepherd. In the following years, the sheep motif developed in his work, they began to appear in most of his works and even became his trademark. This motif was influenced by his years of work as a shepherd and the continued time he spent outdoors during his military service in the early 1950s. The closeness to the land, life and Israeli nature are reflected in the artist's works of art. The narrative of the sheep represents for the artist a Jewish-Israeli symbol that connects both to the roots and localities of the Land of Israel and to Judaism, by which the sheep motif connects to the Binding of Isaac and Sacrifice. In 1982, the First Lebanon War broke out and his son was drafted into the army. At this point the artist began to paint and sculpt the story of the Binding of Isaac. He also drew themes of death and heroism. In a sense Kadishman felt as a father who, like Abraham, ascends his son to an altar for a higher purpose, in this case, a conscription order for the IDF and the civil service during the war. In 1988, Menashe Kadishman began creating a new theme, birth. This theme has different variations in a series of hundreds of sculptures and paintings. The theme of birth evolved from the Binding theme. The birth symbolizes the giving and taking of life. It is understandable that this theme occupied Kadishman many times during his life. The mother is universal and symbolizes all mothers and all births. In addition, Kadishman refers to the verse "sadly give birth to sons" in the sense that he connects the birth to the akeda and also calls the mother of the fallen Israeli soldier. Tel Aviv municipality commissioned the sculpture "Ascension" to the plaza next to the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv. This sculpture has become a hallmark of the environment and of the artist. This sculpture like other Kadishman sculptures deals with resistance to gravity. Menashe Kadishman drew this sculptural style during his military service from the sights of the rocks in nature. His sculptures are usually made of iron or steel, materials that communicate with their environment. At the beginning of his career the artist sculpted in a more geometric way with abstract shapes, but over the years he moved towards less abstract figurative sculpture. Kadishman is one of the most important artists in the Israeli art scene, and has also been a great international success. He was selected as the winner of the Israel Prize in Sculpture in 1995 and won first prize in sculpture from the Paris Biennale in 1967. He presented numerous solo and group exhibitions in Israel and around the world. His works are in some of the most important art collections in Israel, including museums and institutional collections, and a number of important museums around the world.

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Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 55X55 cm.…

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1000

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Menashe Kadishman
Colorful Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 80x60 cm.…

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1100

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Menashe Kadishman
Horse Head, acrylic and Brush glued to…

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$1,300 - $1,600

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Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 70x100 cm.…

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1400

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Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep with a Crown, Acrylic on…

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1000

Lot : 27

Menashe Kadishman
A Pair of Colorful Sheep, with Crowns,…

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$1,800 - $2,500

Lot : 38

Menashe Kadishman
Pigeons, Iron, height 25 cm. Signed.

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1600

Lot : 39

Menashe Kadishman
Flute Player, Iron, height 64 cm. Width…

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2200

Lot : 66

Menashe Kadishman
Motherland, Metal sculpture, height : 15 cm.…

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1200

Lot : 445

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 60X80 cm. Signed.

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2400

Lot : 447

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 110X108 cm. Signed.…

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2000

Lot : 448

Menashe Kadishman
Shephard and Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 30X30…

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550

Lot : 450

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, 1990, Acrylic on canvas, 75X60 cm.…

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1000

Lot : 452

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic and stones on canvas, 80X60…

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$1,500 - $2,000

Lot : 564

Menashe Kadishman
Prometheus, Iron, Height: 24 cm. Signed.

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$1,000 - $1,500

Lot : 209

Menashe Kadishman
Mother Land, Iron, height: 43 cm. width…

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2400

Lot : 211

Menashe Kadishman
Birds, Iron, height: 110 cm. Signed.

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4200

Lot : 212

Menashe Kadishman
Shepherd, Iron, height: 43 cm. Signed.

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1400

Lot : 236

Menashe Kadishman
Flock of Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 90x120…

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3400

Lot : 238

Menashe Kadishman
Flock of Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 160x120…

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6000

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Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 25x25 cm.…

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900

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Menashe Kadishman
Horse with a Brush, Acrylic and brush…

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1200

Lot : 96

Menashe Kadishman
Motherland, iron, height 49 cm. Signed

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2000

Lot : 98

Menashe Kadishman
Blue Tree, painted plywood, height 26 cm.…

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320

Lot : 132

Menashe Kadishman
Flock of Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 90x120…

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4600

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Menashe Kadishman
A Drinking Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 198x138…

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2500

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Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 80x60 cm. Signed.…

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1300

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Menashe Kadishman
Flock in the Pasture, acrylic on canvas,…

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$2,000 - $3,000

Lot : 16

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 30x30 cm, signed.…

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1400

Lot : 97

Menashe Kadishman
Landscape of our Country, Iron, 41X59 cm.…

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4000

Lot : 385

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on paper laid on canvas,…

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2600

Lot : 386

Menashe Kadishman
Self Portrait and Deer, Mixed media on…

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650

Lot : 389

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 60X50 cm. Signed.…

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1000

Lot : 390

Menashe Kadishman
Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, 75X60 cm. Signed…

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800

Lot : 391

Menashe Kadishman
Yellow sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm.…

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1100

Lot : 392

Menashe Kadishman
Horse, Acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm. Signed.…

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2000

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