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Square octavo, softbound (slick, full-color illus. stiff wrappers), cover flaps, 70 pp. Fine (As New). Illustrated in full color. The current exhibition, featuring Gutman's sea paintings, provides a glance into a significant chapter in the artist's oeuvre. The large number of works dealing with the sea indicates the importance of this theme for the artist; going beyond mere interest, it is certainly rooted in his autobiography. Gutman's wondrous journey started in 1905 from the Odessa port, when the Gutman family left Russia, and headed out towards the unknown. It continues with a stopover in the port city of Istanbul, hwere, according to Nahum Gutman, he first encountered the magical world of the East, and ended at the Jaffa port, on their way to their first home in Eretz-Israel. This chapter of the Gutman family's immigration was recounted by the artist in his writings in several variations. Time and again, an air of legend emerges from these stories, interwoven with only positive memories from that episode. The wandering chapter came to an end when they settled down permanently in Eretz-Israel, and there is no doubt that it was to this period that Gutman dedicated the bulk of his work during the 1920s. At that time he depicted the life of the Arab fellah (peasant), the country's vistas in the Sharon and Shfela lowland areas, portraying mainly pastoral scenes; the basic, simple life of people tilling the land... Only after striking deeper roots in the Eretz-Israili land, only after weaving an affinity to the local landscape and its curving shapes suggestive of fertile female contours -- only then did he revert to the journey experience.
Title: Many Seas: Ships and Boats, Harbor and Sea in Gutman's Oeuvre.
Publisher: Tel Aviv: Gutman Museum, (2001).:
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