Ludwig Blum

Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original paintings by Ludwig Blum. 

Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at info@beloosesky.com

 

Born in 1891 in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, Blum was privately educated in Vienna and later attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He emigrated to Palestine in 1923 as part of the Third Aliyah and settled in Jerusalem. Immediately attracted by the warm colors, unique light and the oriental atmosphere of the holy city and its people, Blum quickly became Jerusalem's most prominent painter and became known as "the painter of Jerusalem". The city's various views - the alleys of the old city, the walls of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives and the mountains of Moab - were recurrent themes in his works.

 

Upon his arrival in Israel, and as a dedicated Zionist, he started paintings scenes of everyday life and landscapes in Israel. He did many paintings of Jerusalem (including the Western Wall and the Mount of Olives), Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee and the Judaean Mountains. Additionally, he painted some kibbutzs: Kiryat Anavim and Degania Alef, and the lives of Israeli soldiers, including the Palmach. He also painted copper mines in the Timna Valley. He also painted the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy, and a vase of roses.

 

Blum cemented his reputation as an accomplished painter, exhibiting both in Eretz Israel and abroad, including his native country Czechoslovakia. In 1933, his painting entitled simply Jerusalem was honoured at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1946, Blum became a front-line painter, depicting the struggle for independence with his vivid brush. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Blum continued to paint landscapes, particularly views of Jerusalem, focusing on its bustling streets and markets.

 

In 1967, Blum received the honorary award of "Yakir Yerushalayim" for his artistic tributes to the city.

 

In 2011 the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan held an exhibition of Blum's paintings.

 

He died in 1975 in Jerusalem.