Joseph Zaritsky, Israeli artist, (1891-1985)

Joseph Zaritsky is one of the most important Israeli artists. Born in Ukraine in 1891, his family left after a pogrom (massacre) of the Jews. He came to Jerusalem in 1923. His work is landscapes in watercolor.


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Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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4 Responses to Joseph Zaritsky, Israeli artist, (1891-1985)

  1. marblenecltr says:

    So he was part of the early generations that brought a land neglected and dead for almost two thousand years back to life. Fulfillment of God’s word in the Torah! The Hebron massacre by armed Arabs of Jews disarmed by the British took place in 1929, from bloodshed in Ukraine (still, in the westerners part, home to Nazis), to more barbarism. He apparently remained an artist, but I see one troubled by life trying to make something of it in a medium seemingly simple but difficult, watercolor.

    • kinneret says:

      Watercolor to me is very difficult. I want to make a lot of paintings in the future but probably never in watercolor. Yes, he definitely brought a lot to the nation.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Watercolor is difficult to everybody, as you know, can’t make a mistake and paint over it.

    • kinneret says:

      True. But I think it’s also about the lines and what sort of effect you want. If you want an abstract landscape (or just an abstract), it is less problematic, but if you want something more detailed or with more realism… it seems I’ve seen some beautiful Gustave Moreau watercolor. It’s sometime to admire and not to try from my standpoint.

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