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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Previous auctions

Lot : 372

Moshe Castel
Safed Landscape, Oil on cardboard laid down…

Estimated price:

$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 39

Moshe Castel
The Jug Bearers, 1951, Oil on paper…

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4800

Lot : 62

Moshe Castel
Figures in Safed, 1930s’, Oil on canvas,…

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37000

Lot : 71

Moshe Castel
Seated woman, oil on cardboard laid on…

Estimated price:

$1,000 - $1,500

Lot : 25

Moshe Castel
Safed and Trees, Oil on canvas, 38X46…

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6700

Lot : 69

Moshe Castel
Shepherd and a flute player at the…

Estimated price:

$60,000 - $90,000

Lot : 198

Moshe Castel
Untitled, 1964, Pink basalt and oil on…

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4400

Lot : 79

Moshe Castel
Women in the Window, ink on paper,…

Estimated price:

$400 - $600

Lot : 238

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

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2800

Lot : 9

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

Lot : 10

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 : 15

Moshe Castel
Poster for an Exhibition in Safed, 1940s,…

Estimated price:

$1,500 - $2,000

Lot : 16

Moshe Castel
Landscape, Watercolor on paper, 48X68 cm. Signed.

Sold for:

1200

Lot : 17

Moshe Castel
Figure in the Room, Oil on board,…

Estimated price:

$10,000 - $15,000

Lot : 23

Moshe Castel
Safed Landscape, Oil on canvas, 46X55 cm.…

Sold for:

9000

Lot : 233

Moshe Castel
Untitled, Basalt on paper laid down on…

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3800

Lot : 37

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

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1400

Lot : 25

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

Lot : 29

Moshe Castel
Lighting Shabbat Candles, Oil on canvas, 38X46…

Sold for:

10000

Lot : 30

Moshe Castel
Shabbat, 1935-1938, Oil on canvas, 34X46 cm.…

Estimated price:

$20,000 - $30,000

Lot : 273

Moshe Castel
Night in Safed, 40s, Watercolor and gouache…

Sold for:

1800

Lot : 274

Moshe Castel
Figures, Oil on canvas, 55X46 cm. Signed.…

Estimated price:

$5,000 - $7,000

Lot : 636

Moshe Castel
Hallelujah, 1958 Oil on wood, 26x35.5 cm,…

Sold for:

1600

Lot : 23

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…

Sold for:

8000

Lot : 227

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

Sold for:

5000

Lot : 35

Moshe Castel
Letters, Basalt on wood, 23X14 cm. Signed.

Sold for:

2000

Lot : 36

Moshe Castel
Figures in Jerusalem, 1931, Oil on canvas,…

Sold for:

80000

Lot : 60

Moshe Castel
Ancient Figures, Oil on wood, 52X33 cm.…

Sold for:

7000

Lot : 661

Moshe Castel
Japheth’s Daughter, Gilt bronze relief, 52x38 cm.…

Estimated price:

$1,200 - $1,600

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