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Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original artwork by Mordecai Ardon. 

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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 include:
Oxford Companion to 20th Century, edited by Harold Osborn 
Yahoo on the internet on the internet


Biography from the Archives of AskART



1920-25 Bauhaus School, Weimar, Germany, with Itten, Klee, Kandinsky, Feininger
1926 Studied with Max Doerner



1929 Kunstschule Itten, Berlin
1935 Seminar, Bet Hakerem, Jerusalem
1935-52 Bezalel, Jerusalem
1940-52 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.
1974 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