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Mordecai Levanon

Born: 1901, Transylvania - Died: 1968, Jerusalem

Levanon immigrated to Palestine in 1921. He studied briefly at the Bezalel School and worked as an agricultural laborer. He continued his studies with Yitzhak Frenkel (Frenel) and finally moved to Jerusalem in 1938. He is best known for landscape and cityscape paintings and watercolors done in an expressionist style depicting Israel as a mystical land of the spirit in shimmering colors. His use of symbolic structures and glorious colors create a sense of mystical transcendence. His last works were done in Safed and Jerusalem from 1965 to 1968. His work is linked by style and energy to the Jewish School of Paris artists. Levanon won the Struck Prize, the Jerusalem Prize and the Dizengoff prize. He also represented Israel at the Venice Biennale.

Ein Kerem / Watercolor, 1963