A Colorful Herd
Space Gallery St Barth is proud to present a selection of early paintings by Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman (1932-2015) in partnership with the artist’s estate.
Published by St-Barth Weekly - Local News in English - Edition N°467 - December 22, 2022 (Front Page & Page 4)
Quite possibly Israel’s most famous artist, Kadishman is best known for his colorful portrait paintings of sheep and evocative iron sculptures. Winner of the prestigious Israel Prize for sculp- ture, Kadishman represented Israel at the 1978 Venice Biennale where his work made an international stir.
The artist’s most iconic works stemmed from his years working as a shepherd on a kibbutz. The sheep/ram became the major motif in his work. The former shepherd Kadishman once stated, "sheep are a part of me” and used his art to imbue the animal with a holy-like reverence.
His portrait paintings of sheep are at once a symbol of the spirit of the pioneers who built the modern state of Israel and a reference to the biblical sacrifice of Isaac, which represents the sacrifice of fathers and mothers who send their sons to war and thus the sheep becomes a symbol for young soldiers in battle, for vic- tims of war. For Kadishman, sac- rifice is part of the cycle of Israeli life.
His work can be found in perma- nent collections of numerous pres- tigious international art museums including the Metropolitan Muse- um of Art in NYC, MOMA, The Tate Gallery London, and the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
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