By Dr Dalia Manor
Paintings in Zion deals with the hyperlink among artwork and nationwide ideology and particularly among the inventive job that emerged in Jewish Palestine within the first a long time of the 20 th century and the Zionist circulate. so as to study the advance of nationwide paintings in Jewish Palestine, the e-book specializes in direct and oblique expressions of Zionist ideology within the inventive task within the yishuv (the Jewish group in Palestine). specifically, the e-book explores significant stages within the early improvement of Jewish paintings in Palestine: the job of the Bezalel university of paintings and Crafts, and the emergence through the Twenties of a bunch of artists referred to as the Modernists.
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The plans to open the school, its proposed programme and every detail of its first steps that were soon followed by photographs, were distributed in the Zionist press throughout the Jewish world. 1 A collection of newspaper cuttings on Bezalel kept in its archive2 shows how aware Boris Schatz was of the role of public relations in gaining moral and financial support and in creating a good image for posterity. 4 Thus Schatz went down in history as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of modern Jewish culture in Palestine almost untainted by contemporary criticism of his project from the outside as well as from within the yishuv.
To support himself, his young wife and her father Schatz took various jobs, but most of the time worked as an assistant to Antokolsky and was employed in a ceramics factory where he learnt to appreciate decorative art. On the advice of Cormon Schatz went to the south of France to improve his work with colour. There, in the Mediterranean town Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Spanish border where he spent six months, he not only learned to understand colours, as he later claimed, but his personality, as an artist and a man, emerged also.
In his house Schatz was exposed to various books, languages and ideas about art and culture. In the summer of 1887 Schatz approached Antokolsky hoping to study with him in Paris. But Antokolsky, although impressed by Schatz’s little sculptures, did not think Schatz should follow him to France and instead helped him enrol at the local Academy. Eventually Schatz abandoned the plan. During his time in Vilna Schatz experienced some sort of ideological crisis, lost faith in the purpose of art and became involved with a group of young social activists who were prepared to sacrifice their own careers and privileged life and devote themselves to the education of the masses.