Naftali Bezem

b. 1924
Naftali Bezem was born in Essen, Germany, in 1924. He immigrated to Israel in 1939 before World War II. From 1943 to 1946, he studied art at the "Bezalel Academy of Art and Design" in Jerusalem with the Israeli painter Mordechai Ardon and after a year became his teacher and the personal assistant. In 1947 he went with his wife to Cyprus to meet holocaust survivors and that had a big influence on him. In 1949 Bezem spent three years studying in Paris in the catholic School of modern religious art and in 1952 he returned to Israel and worked for the "Kibbutz Movement" as an artist and painter. In 1954 he participated in The Venice Biennale of art and had a solo exhibition in Tel- Aviv museum. A lot of Bezem's works are in the outdoors, outside the studio; in 1963 he created a mosaic wall for "El Al Airlines"; in 1970 he painted the ceiling of the reception hall in the President's house in Jerusalem and in 1971 he created the relief on the exit wall in the "Yad Vashem" museum. In 1995 he moved to Paris, established an art studio and after two years moved to Switzerland. Most of Bezem's works of art refer to subjects related to Zionism and to the idea of the revival of the Jewish people in their land. During the 50's Bezem worked side by side with the movement "Ofakim Hadashim" which believed in abstract and international art but uulike "Ofakim Hadashim", Bezem's art is figurative and has a narrative. The subject of his paintings is mainly about the holocaust, stories from the Bible and from Jewish history. He created a set of symbols which appear in his work including objects like candlesticks, symbolizing Shabbat and holiness, a cupboard that symbolizing home and a mother, a boat and ladder symbolizing the immigration to Israel, a sabra as the reborn and fish which relates to the Shabbat table. Bezem worked constantly to put himself in exhibitions, books and a lot of public works through his entire career. He developed an artistic language that was unique and different from all his contemporaries focusing on images he himself developed which constantly appear.

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Naftali Bezem
Independence War, 1948, charcoal and engraving on…

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320

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Naftali Bezem
Figure, 1959, oil on masonite, 59X64 cm.…

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$1,500 - $2,000

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Figure with a boat, watercolor on paper,…

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280

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Naftali Bezem
Girl and Boat, Oil on canvas, 42X83…

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$2,000 - $3,000

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Portrait with a Fish and a Boat,Watercolor…

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400

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Naftali Bezem
Figure and Fish, Oil on wood, 34X22…

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1000

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Naftali Bezem
A Couple in a Boat, Oil on…

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2600

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My Home Town, Oil on canvas, 50X62…

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2200

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Boat and Fish in the Landscape, Oil…

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10000

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Naftali Bezem
Family, Oil on canvas, 78X92 cm. Signed.

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4000

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Naftali Bezem
Line for work in the Ma'abara, 1950,…

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850

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Naftali Bezem
Figures at Home, 1950, ink on paper,…

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750

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Naftali Bezem
Figure, 1959, Oil on board,   59X64…

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$2,500 - $3,500

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Naftali Bezem
Lion, Candles and a Boat, Oil on…

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1000

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Naftali Bezem
The Sabres Merchant, Gouache and watercolor on…

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550

Lot : 591

Naftali Bezem
Head, watercolor on paper, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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380

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Naftali Bezem
Landscape with a Tent and a House,…

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3000

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Naftali Bezem
Window to Jerusalem, Oil on canvas, 80X100…

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5500

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Figure with a Lion and a Cactus,…

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3600

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Naftali Bezem
Riding a Lion, Oil on canvas, 61X46…

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Naftali Bezem
Young Girl, Oil on wood, 70X50 cm.…

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3400

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Naftali Bezem
Figures in Landscape with Fish, oil on…

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1500

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Naftali Bezem
Figure, oil on canvas, 41X33 cm. Signed

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900

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Naftali Bezem
Woman's Head, 1946, carving on black color,…

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$300 - $500

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Naftali Bezem
Figures in the Desert, oil on canvas,…

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900

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Naftali Bezem
Young Girl and a Fish, Oil on…

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2800

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Naftali Bezem
Couple and a Cactus, Oil on canvas,…

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$2,000 - $3,000

Lot : 494

Naftali Bezem
Sketch for a mural, 1956, Watercolor on…

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300

Lot : 495

Naftali Bezem
Maabara, 1948, Ink on paper, 8x14 cm.…

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440

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Naftali Bezem
Figure with a Fish and a Cactus,…

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300

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Naftali Bezem
Figure and Fish in the Field, Oil…

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3400

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Naftali Bezem
Saturday Table, Oil on canvas, 70X90 cm.…

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4500

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Naftali Bezem
Lovers, 1966, Oil on canvas, 116X89 cm.…

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12000

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Naftali Bezem
Shabbat Candles, Oil on canvas, 92X73 cm.…

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3800

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Naftali Bezem
Ma’apilim, Oil on canvas, 100X100 cm. Signed.

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3000

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Naftali Bezem
Red Rooftops, Oil on Masonite, 50X70 cm.…

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3600

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