Reuven Rubin

1893 - 1974
Born in Romania in 1893 Rubin is known as a leading prominent Israeli artist to this day. At age 19 he came to the then Palestine and began his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Less than a year later he left for Paris and enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but had to leave France when the First World War broke out. He whiled the years of the war in his native Romania and then traveled to New York in 1921 where he had an exhibition sponsored by Alfred Stieglitz. Following his return to Europe, in 1923 he returned to Palestine to become one of the founding fathers of Israeli art. Rubin’s early paintings from the 1920s’ seem to portray the “Zionist dream”, indeed, an idealized perception of the Jewish return to the historical homeland. He eagerly depicted the natural sights and the diversified human landscape of the land – traditional devout Jews, secular pioneers and Arabs – his bright vivid colors reflecting the Mediterranean sunlight and bypassing the tensions following the Arab riots at the end of that decade, the awareness to which came only later. Rubin’s style was naïve, inspired by European modernism (most particularly the French Henri Rousseau comes to mind but also Derain and Matisse) and reflecting a child-like enthusiasm vis-à-vis the new life forming around. The local flora and fauna, so often incorporated into his compositions of landscapes and portraits alike, are not merely decorative but rather they symbolize renewal, growth, harmony and above all that newcomer’s quest to instantly feel rooted in the new environment. Rubin’s depictions of Tel Aviv growing on the sand dunes, his panoramic landscapes of Jerusalem, his numerous depictions of the road to Safed, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, became his trademark. His depictions of the Judean hills and the silvery-green Galilean olive groves became gradually more ethereal, immersed in a mystical atmosphere. In 1973 he was awarded the Israel Prize for his lifetime achievement in art. His paintings hang in the Knesset Building, in the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem, at the Prime Minister’s Residence and offices, in leading Israeli museums and in public and private collections in Israel and abroad. In 1983 The Rubin Museum opened to the public in Rubin’s former family home in Tel Aviv, showcasing his art in particular and Israeli art in general.

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Yair Garbuz
Untitled, 1970, mixed media on paper, 34X49…

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550

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Michael Druks
Untitled, 1971, mixed media on paper, 58X58…

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440

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Reuven Rubin
Flute Player, colored pencils on paper, 19X12…

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1000

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Reuven Rubin
Drummer, marker on paper, 34X26 cm. Signed.

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$2,000 - $3,000

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Reuven Rubin
Landscape, Watercolor on paper, 25X32 cm. Signed.…

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1400

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Reuven Rubin
Dancing with the Torah, Oil on canvas,…

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80000

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Reuven Rubin
Fruit on the table, Oil on canvas,…

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30000

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Reuven Rubin
Pomegranates by the Window, Oil on canvas,…

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75000

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Reuven Rubin
Two Camels, 1947, Charcoal and pastel on…

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2600

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Reuven Rubin
The Shechinah Returns to Jerusalem, 1967, Oil…

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100000

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Reuven Rubin
Tiberias Still Life, 1929 - 1959, Oil…

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75000

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Reuven Rubin
Flower Vase on the Windowsill, Watercolor on…

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9000

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Reuven Rubin
A Flower Vase, Oil on canvas, 41.5X33…

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40000

Lot : 611

Reuven Rubin
Seekers of God, An album containing 10…

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$1,200 - $1,600

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Reuven Rubin
Shepherd, Watercolor on paper, 35X39 cm. Signed.…

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3800

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Reuven Rubin
Horsemen and Horses, Watercolor on paper, 55X72…

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4200

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Reuven Rubin
Drummer, Stained glass, 39X29 cm. Signed and…

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1700

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Reuven Rubin
The Fisherman’s Family, Oil on canvas, 73X61…

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74000

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Reuven Rubin
The Horse Trainer, Watercolor on paper, 75X55…

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5500

Lot : 71

Reuven Rubin
Sheikh Munis, 1923-1924, oil on canvas, 81X56…

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$100,000 - $150,000

Lot : 72

Reuven Rubin
Still Life, Oil on canvas, 31X39 cm.…

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22000

Lot : 81

Reuven Rubin
Figures in the Galilee, Oil on canvas,…

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40000

Lot : 82

Reuven Rubin
View on the Way to Safed, Oil…

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41000

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Reuven Rubin
Figure on a Donkey in Galilee, Oil…

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46000

Lot : 598

Reuven Rubin
The God Seekers, Album with 11 woodcuts,…

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1800

Lot : 70

Reuven Rubin
The Fisherman, 1970, Glass, 40X25 cm. Signed,…

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2200

Lot : 71

Reuven Rubin
Galilean Landscape, 1930s, Oil on canvas, 81X65…

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55000

Lot : 87

Reuven Rubin
Still Life, Oil on canvas, 59X81 cm.…

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50000

Lot : 94

Reuven Rubin
A Mother and Her Son, Watercolor on…

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4000

Lot : 96

Reuven Rubin
Musicians, Oil on canvas, 55X46 cm. Signed.…

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42000

Lot : 108

Reuven Rubin
Portrait of Nechama Gur, 1926, Oil on…

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180000

Lot : 806

Reuven Rubin
The Prophets, Homage to Israel’s 25th Anniversary,…

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2800

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Reuven Rubin
Fisherman, 1970, Oil on canvas, 61X50 cm.…

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44000

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Reuven Rubin
Musicians of Safed, Oil on canvas, 70X50…

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48000

Lot : 68

Reuven Rubin
Flutist and Camels, Ink and watercolor on…

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4400

Lot : 69

Reuven Rubin
Still life with Red Shoes, 1920s', Oil…

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100000

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