Moshe Castel

1991 - 1909
Moshe Castel was born in Jerusalem in 1909 to a religious family from Castile. At 13 years old he got accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design where he studied for three years. Afterward, Castel traveled to France and continued his education program at the Académie Julian, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and at the Louvre Museum.After acquiring the technical knowledge required for oil painting, he held his first exhibition in Paris in May 1927. Later on, Castel's works were exhibited in important salons in Paris, at special exhibitions in London and Warsaw. In 1933 he returned to Israel, lived in Tel Aviv and presented a solo exhibition at the Technion in Haifa. He then moved to Safed, held a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum and in 1946 was awarded the Dizengoff Prize for painting and sculpture. In 1948 the group of artists Ofakim Hadashim was founded by him (along with others), the group embraced the foundations of abstract European art. Castel himself added oriental motifs to the abstract expressive style, influenced by what he called "Canaanite art", his later works include elements such as the ancient letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and are dealing with national and root themes and biblical stories combined with marks of archaic script. Castel's artistic clear identification is in working with basalt ground, creating a unique, symbolic and expressive style. By using national Jewish motifs his paintings have become more symbolic (Star of David, Moon and Star, Moslems, etc.). Castel's art aspires from Jewish sources on the one hand, and on the other hand is based on In-depth knowledge of world culture: from Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Canaanite, Persian, Indian and Russian art, to the most avant-garde trends in contemporary art. Castel participated in various exhibitions in Israel and around the world, including the Venice Biennial and the San Paolo Biennial in Brazil in which he won an award. His murals and reliefs can be found in many places in Israel and around the world (El Al offices in New York, the Knesset building in Jerusalem, the President's House in Jerusalem, the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan, etc.).

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Lot : 238

Moshe Castel
Untitled, Basalt and oil on canvas, 60X73…

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2800

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Moshe Castel
The Covenant of the Pieces, oil on…

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8000

Lot : 38

Moshe Castel
Untitled, bronze relief, 39X29 cm. Signed and…

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1000

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Moshe Castel
Women with Jugs, Oil on canvas, 51X41…

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8000

Lot : 62

Moshe Castel
Figures in Safed, Oil on canvas, 33X41…

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3800

Lot : 63

Moshe Castel
Cave of the Patriarchs, Oil on canvas,…

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20000

Lot : 101

Moshe Castel
Untitled, 1962, Basalt and oil on canvas,…

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6500

Lot : 102

Moshe Castel
Untitled, 1962, Basalt and oil on canvas,…

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9500

Lot : 37

Moshe Castel
Untitled, Oil and basalt on canvas, 32X25…

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1400

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Moshe Castel
Hebrew, Basalt and oil on canvas, 40X30…

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2200

Lot : 553

Moshe Castel
Untitled, Oil and basalt on canvas, 27X19…

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2600

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Moshe Castel
Figures with a Horse, Mixed media on…

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4000

Lot : 24

Moshe Castel
Two Women, Oil on canvas laid down…

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8000

Lot : 227

Moshe Castel
Hebrew Letters, Oil and basalt on canvas,…

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5000

Lot : 39

Moshe Castel
Safed, silk print, 72X54 cm. Signed and…

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90

Lot : 12

Moshe Castel
Untitled, basalt on canvas, 32X25 cm. Signed.

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$600 - $900

Lot : 53

Moshe Castel
Nude in a Room, Oil on cardboard…

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$4,000 - $6,000

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Moshe Castel
Shabbat Diner, gouache on paper, 34x24 cm.…

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760

Lot : 27

Moshe Castel
Hebrew Letters, Basalt and oil on canvas,…

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$1,500 - $2,000

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Moshe Castel
Shabbat Meal, Gouache on paper, 34X24 cm.…

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$1,800 - $2,500

Lot : 18

Moshe Castel
Dancers, Watercolor on paper, 47X35 cm. Signed.

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 19

Moshe Castel
Rebecca at the Well, Oil on cardboard,…

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$6,000 - $9,000

Lot : 185

Moshe Castel
Hallelujah, Oil on wood, 50X39 cm. Signed.

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3000

Lot : 187

Moshe Castel
Hallelujah, Oil on canvas, 91.5X63.5 cm. Signed.…

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6000

Lot : 40

Moshe Castel
Prayer for Jerusalem, Mezuzah, 11X5 cm. Numbered…

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100

Lot : 38

Moshe Castel
Prayer for Jerusalem, Mezuzah, 11X5 cm. Numbered…

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240

Lot : 39

Moshe Castel
Hebrew Women, bronze relief, 45X32 cm. Signed…

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340

Lot : 73

Moshe Castel
Shabbat Table, Oil on canvas, 33x41 cm.…

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$7,000 - $10,000

Lot : 74

Moshe Castel
Figure with Hebrew letters, 1972, Basalt and…

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4900

Lot : 75

Moshe Castel
A Dancer and a Flute Player, Oil…

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7000

Lot : 84

Moshe Castel
Hallelujah, Oil on canvas, 100x80 cm. Signed.…

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5400

Lot : 85

Moshe Castel
Hallelujah, Oil on canvas, 92x63 cm. Signed.…

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7500

Lot : 36

Moshe Castel
The Angel and the Gospel, 1940’s, Oil…

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$12,000 - $16,000

Lot : 37

Moshe Castel
Shabbat Meal in Safed, Oil on canvas,…

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9000

Lot : 48

Moshe Castel
Still Life, Oil on canvas, 54X46 cm.…

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$6,000 - $9,000

Lot : 77

Moshe Castel
Figures, 1965. Oil and basalt on canvas,…

Sold for:

3900

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