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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Upcoming auctions

Lot : 399

Menashe Kadishman
A Flock of Sheep at Rest, 1983,…

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$1,200 - $1,600

Lot : 400

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm. Signed.

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$1,200 - $1,800

Lot : 401

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Oil on canvas, 75X55 cm. Signed.

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$1,200 - $1,600

Lot : 402

Marcel Janco
Don Quixote, Oil on canvas laid down…

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$4,000 - $6,000

Lot : 403

Menashe Kadishman
Gray Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm.…

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$1,200 - $1,600

Lot : 39

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep and Figures, 1994, Acrylic on canvas,…

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 40

Menashe Kadishman
Pink and Orange Sheep, Acrylic on canvas,…

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$6,000 - $9,000

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Menashe Kadishman
Herd of Drinking Sheep, Acrylic on canvas,…

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$6,000 - $9,000

Lot : 75

Menashe Kadishman
Three White Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 75X149…

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$4,000 - $6,000

Lot : 76

Menashe Kadishman
3 Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 135X195 cm.…

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$10,000 - $15,000

Lot : 77

Menashe Kadishman
Mother’s Blessing, 1988, Oil on canvas, 80X100…

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$5,000 - $8,000

Lot : 209

Menashe Kadishman
Pigeons, Iron, height: 100 cm. width: 88…

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$5,000 - $8,000

Lot : 210

Menashe Kadishman
Motherland with Cypress, Iron, height: 42 cm.…

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$2,500 - $3,500

Lot : 211

Menashe Kadishman
Binding of Isaac, Iron, height: 38 cm.…

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$1,200 - $1,600

Previous auctions

Lot : 13

Menashe Kadishman
Three Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 30X30 cm.…

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1500

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Menashe Kadishman
Blue Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 55X46 cm,…

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800

Lot : 15

Menashe Kadishman
Horse, iron, height: 34 cm. Signed.

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1200

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Menashe Kadishman
3 Heads, Acrylic on canvas, 100X125 cm.…

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4000

Lot : 21

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 30X30 cm. Signed.…

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900

Lot : 40

Menashe Kadishman
Motherland, iron, height: 30 cm width: 50…

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2400

Lot : 25

Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 95X135 cm.…

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6000

Lot : 26

Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, oil on canvas, 80X60 cm.…

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2200

Lot : 27

Menashe Kadishman
Peace doves, iron, Height: 75 cm. Width:…

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3600

Lot : 25

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 30X30 cm. Signed.

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1100

Lot : 33

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, oil on cardboard laid down on…

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1300

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Menashe Kadishman
Sheep in Pasture, acrylic on canvas, 105X105…

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3600

Lot : 40

Menashe Kadishman
Untitled, iron, height 46 cm. Signed.

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$1,200 - $1,600

Lot : 29

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm. Signed.…

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900

Lot : 30

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, acrylic on canvas, 120X95 cm. Signed.…

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1800

Lot : 39

Menashe Kadishman
Elevation, Iron sculpture, height: 34 cm. signed.

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950

Lot : 377

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 30X30 cm, Signed.

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650

Lot : 378

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep in a Pasture, Acrylic on canvas,…

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3400

Lot : 379

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

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2000

Lot : 380

Menashe Kadishman
Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 80X60 cm, Signed.

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1400

Lot : 381

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

Sold for:

1500

Lot : 382

Menashe Kadishman
White Sheep, Acrylic on canvas, 70X50 cm,…

Sold for:

1700

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