Yosl Bergner

1920 - 2017
Yosl Bergner is one of Israel's most valued and important artists. Bergner was born Joseph Vladimir in Vienna, and grew up in a house full of culture and matters of the spirit: his father was a poet who among other things translated some of Franz Kafka's books into Yiddish. His mother was a singer, his uncle Moshe, one of the people who influenced him most was a painter. In general, Yosl remembers a household that was constantly filled with culture and matters of the spirit, whether in creation or in a dialog about it. At the age of 17 he immigrated to Australia with his sister, where he studied at the Melbourne Academy of the Arts and continued to surround himself with cultural people, especially one who became his closest friend for decades to come: the poet Yosl Birstein. Yosl Bergner's wife, Audrey, is a painter. And after the two immigrated to Israel together in 1950 their home was always a meeting place for intellectuals of sorts - first in Safed, and a few years later on Bilu Street in central Tel Aviv. After immigrating to Israel, he changed his first name to Yosl and soon became one of the busiest and most admired artists in Israel. His paintings documented the different walks of life in Israel's early days, mainly through motifs that were considered exilic. . Over the years, the public grasp of his paintings changed as those exilic motifs ostensibly became an inseparable part of Israeli lives, and Bergner's style changed as well. his paintings became brighter, more colorful, and to a certain extent happier, though one of the main characteristics of his work over the years was the delicate fusion between sadness and joy. In addition to his expressive paintings, Yosl Bergner was also known to illustrate books, including many classics, he was even known to be a set designer - especially for plays of the late Nissim Aloni (by the way, Aloni wrote The Bride and the Butterfly Hunter after being inspired by a series of famous paintings Bergner painted, it included The Three Girls and the Butterfly and The Butterfly Eaters). Another prominent motif in Bergner's work is the kitchen grader, which appears in many paintings and was greatly anthropomorphized by the artist. Other kitchen utensils also appear in of Yosl Bergner's paintings. His explanation for it is that during his childhood, in the absence of "ordinary" toys, he would play with kitchen utensils. In many interviews Bergner defines himself as a professional and not as an artist, although there is no doubt that he is one of the greatest painters in the history of Israel, evidence to that is the Israel Prize for Arts he received in 1980.

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Yosl Bergner
Water Carrier, Oil on canvas, 50X40 cm.…

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$3,000 - $5,000

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Yosl Bergner
Musician, Oil on canvas, 40X30 cm. Signed.

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 436

Yosl Bergner
Dishes, Gouache and watercolor on paper, 37X40…

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$500 - $800

Lot : 437

Yosl Bergner
Dishes, Oil on canvas, 25X36 cm. Signed.

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Lot : 438

Yosl Bergner
Dishes, 1973, Oil on canvas, 41X33 cm.…

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Yosl Bergner
Dishes, Oil on canvas, 30X40 cm. Signed.

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$2,000 - $3,000

Lot : 609

Yosl Bergner
Couple and Sun, Watercolor on print, 29X20…

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$300 - $500

Lot : 610

Yosl Bergner
Wooden Horse, Oil on canvas laid on…

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Yosl Bergner
Horseman, Mixed media on paper, 34X28 cm.…

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$600 - $900

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Yosl Bergner
A Girl with a Tears, 1969, Oil…

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Bride and Groomsmen, Oil on cardboard laid…

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Girl and Tears, Oil on paper laid…

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$4,000 - $6,000

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Yosl Bergner
3 Lamps and Strangler, Oil on canvas,…

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$10,000 - $15,000

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Yosl Bergner
A Domestic Achievement, Oil on canvas, 54X73…

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$7,000 - $10,000

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Around the 4 Lamps, Oil on canvas,…

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Yosl Bergner
A Pair of Orchard Workers, 1979, Oil…

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$6,000 - $9,000

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Yosl Bergner
Jewish Wedding in the Village, Oil on…

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$25,000 - $35,000

Lot : 70

Yosl Bergner
Bougainvillea, 1978, Oil on canvas, 100X45.5 cm.…

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$5,000 - $8,000

Lot : 71

Yosl Bergner
Figures on the Tel Aviv Beach, 1985,…

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Lot : 72

Yosl Bergner
Candle Lighting, 1940’s, Oil on masonite, 38X45…

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Lot : 82

Yosl Bergner
Beggars’ Tower, 1971, Oil on canvas, 55X38…

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$3,500 - $5,500

Lot : 83

Yosl Bergner
Evening in a Toy Shop, 1978, Oil…

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Yosl Bergner
Flying Lamps, 1965, Oil on canvas, 92X73…

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$15,000 - $20,000

Lot : 225

Yosl Bergner
Untitled, 1977, Oil on canvas, 115X130 cm.…

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$5,000 - $8,000

Previous auctions

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The Birth of Bubbles, 1967, oil on…

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2800

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Fair, oil on canvas, 60X50 cm. Signed.…

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2800

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Yosl Bergner
Violinist, oil on canvas, 40X30 cm. Signed.

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3000

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Yosl Bergner
Girl with Landscape, oil on canvas, 40X30…

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2400

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Yosl Bergner
Cymbal player, bronze, Height 12 cm. Signed…

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1200

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Yosl Bergner
The Lost Shoes, oil on canvas, 50X60…

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2200

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Still life with Toys, oil on canvas,…

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2600

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Yosl Bergner
King and Angels, oil on canvas, 40X40…

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$2,500 - $3,500

Lot : 39

Yosl Bergner
Woman with a Butterfly, Bronze, Height: 19…

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1300

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Yosl Bergner
Flowers and a small clown, oil on…

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2200

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Yosl Bergner
Highs and Lows, oil on canvas, 50X70…

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 11

Yosl Bergner
Kites, panda and charcoal on paper, 31X41…

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200

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