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Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original artwork by Mordecai Ardon. 
Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at
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Mordecai Ardon was born Max Bronstein in 1896 in Tuchow, Poland.  He studied art under Klee, Itten and Kandinsky at the Weimar "Bauhaus" and the technique of drawing with Prof. Max Doerner at the Munich Academy of Art. After teaching in Itten's school of art in Berlin, he emigrated to Israel in 1933 where he taught at the Belazel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.  He became director of the school in 1940 and Art Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Education in 1952. Yaacov Agam was among his students.

The artist had a turbulent life as actor, revolutionary, Bauhas disciple and teacher.  Ardon's paintings have universal and immediate appeal. They are known for their gemlike colorful brilliance and great variety of mood, ranging from the playfully ironic to the mysterious and pensive.  The years of his artistic maturation were in Jerusalem, where his stylistic evolution from realism to abstraction was fully realized.

Ardon's paintings are not created by intellectual decisions and technical procedures alone.  He speaks of the "hidden spark", which appears suddenly in the midst of working, all his calculations.  Bringing the painting to life with his brush and colors, Ardon exalts all creation. Whether he paints leaf, stone, sun, moon, wind or rain, the image is never merely a depiction of outer reality but a revelation of its essence.  In bringing forms to life on the canvas, Ardon adds a dimension to our perception of the universe, endowing it with fresh meaning.

During the 1950s he began to exhibit in Europe and gained a reputation as a distinguished colorist with a strong and near-Surrealist imagination.  In 1954 he participated in the Venice Biennale where he won a UNESCO prize. He held one-man shows at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1960 and the Marlborough Fine Arts Museum, London, in 1962. Like his contemporaries, Ben Shahn and Moshe Castel, Mordecai Ardon often enriched his works with the Hebrew alphabet.  His works, mainly executed in oils, are to be found in the best-known museums of Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Brussels, New York, Pittsburgh and Munich. He received the Israel Prize 1963. He died in 1992.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

 

SOURCES

Oxford Companion to 20th Century, edited by Harold Osborn 
Yahoo on the internet
Artchive.com on the internet

Biography from the Archives of AskART

 

EDUCATION

1920-25
Bauhaus School, Weimar, Germany, with Itten, Klee, Kandinsky, Feininger

1926
Studied with Max Doerner

 

TEACHING

1929
Kunstschule Itten, Berlin

1935
Seminar, Bet Hakerem, Jerusalem

1935-1952
Bezalel, Jerusalem

1940-1952
Bezalel, Jerusalem, Director

1952-63
Ministry of Education and Culture, Jerusalem, Supervisor and Art Advisor

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

1954
Unesco Prize

1963
Ardon was awarded the Israel Prize, in painting.

1974 
He received the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) award.
Doctor of Honor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1988
Boris Schatz Prize

1992
Isracard Prize, Tel Aviv Museum
 

OUTDOOR AND PUBLIC ART

1984
Stained glass window, National Library of Israel, Givat Ram, Jerusalem