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.

Lot : 41

Yosl Bergner
Moon Catcher, Oil on board, 16X22 cm.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 42

Yosl Bergner
Dishes and a Bottle, 1964, Oil on…

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$3,500 - 5,000

Lot : 43

Yosl Bergner
The Kings of Nissim Aloni, 1993, Oil…

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$5,000 - 7,000

Lot : 63

Yosl Bergner
From the Angels Series, 1960s, Oil on…

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$3,000 - 4,000

Lot : 64

Yosl Bergner
Boy, Oil on canvas, 40X30 cm. Signed,…

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$1,500 - 2,000

Lot : 90

Yosl Bergner
Klezmer, Oil on canvas, 50X41 cm. Signed.

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$6,000 - 8,000

Lot : 65

Yosl Bergner
Two Sisters and a Clown, Oil on…

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$12,000 - 16,000

Lot : 91

Yosl Bergner
Klezmer, Oil on canvas, 70X50 cm. Signed.

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 92

Yosl Bergner
Groom, Bride and Bridesmaid, Oil on canvas,…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 98

Yosl Bergner
Still Life with a Clown, Oil on…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 103

Yosl Bergner
Utensils and a Clown, Oil on paper…

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$5,000 - 7,000

Lot : 104

Yosl Bergner
Flights of Angels, 1961, Oil on canvas,…

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$6,000 - 8,000

Lot : 488

Yosl Bergner
Utensils, 1980, Oil and mixed media on…

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$1,200 - 1,600

Lot : 643

Yosl Bergner
Utensils, Mixed media on paper mounted on…

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$1,200 - 1,600

Lot : 65

Yosl Bergner
Children with a Dove by the Window,…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 92

Yosl Bergner
The Coffee Grinders and his Friends, 1970,…

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$6,000 - 8,000

Lot : 93

Yosl Bergner
Tools and Fish, 1970, Oil on canvas,…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 103

Yosl Bergner
Kafka Figures, 1975, Oil on canvas, 81X60…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 63

Yosl Bergner
The Chair, Oil and gouache on paper,…

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$1,000 - 1,500

Lot : 64

Yosl Bergner
Flowers, Oil on canvas, 61X50 cm. Signed.

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 246

Yosl Bergner
The Angel, 1961, Oil on canvas, 92X64.5…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 247

Yosl Bergner
The King and the Angel, 1962, Oil…

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$5,000 - 8,000

Lot : 248

Yosl Bergner
Three Plants, 1980, Oil on canvas, 50X61…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 249

Yosl Bergner
Memories, Oil on canvas, 60X50 cm. Signed.

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$5,000 - 7,000

Lot : 497

Yosl Bergner
Torah scholars, Pencil on paper, 20x14 cm.…

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$200 - 300

Lot : 596

Yosl Bergner
lantern, 1956, Watercolor on paper, 36X26 cm.…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 597

Yosl Bergner
Flowers, Watercolor on paper, 26X27 cm. Signed.

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$400 - 600

Lot : 622

Yosl Bergner
Walls, Album containing 8 lithographs, 68X50 cm.…

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$200 - 300

Lot : 60

Yosl Bergner
On the Beach, Oil on canvas, 39X76…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 86

Yosl Bergner
9 drawings on various subjects, 1960s, Ink…

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$1,800 - 2,500

Lot : 61

Yosl Bergner
Children in Safed, Oil on canvas, 100X81…

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$12,000 - 16,000

Lot : 87

Yosl Bergner
Two Klezmers, Oil on canvas, 78X60 cm,…

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$10,000 - 15,000

Lot : 162

Yosl Bergner
Untited, 1961, Oil on canvas, 73X92 cm.…

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$7,000 - 10,000

Lot : 31

Yosl Bergner
Klezmer, Oil on canvas, 61X50 cm. Signed.…

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$6,500 - 8,500

Lot : 32

Yosl Bergner
Angels by the Window, 1959, Oil on…

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$5,000 - 7,000

Lot : 84

Yosl Bergner
Games, Oil on canvas, 40X30 cm. Signed.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

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