Moshe Castel

Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing paintings and sculpture by Moshe Castel. 

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

 

Moshe Castel was born in Jerusalem in 1909 to a Sephardic Jewish family descended from Spain. The son of a Rabbi, Castel attended his father’s school until the age of 13. He went on to study at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem, where he was encouraged by his teacher to study in Paris.

 

Castel furthered his art education at the Academie Julian and Ecole de Louvre in Paris. He was greatly influenced by European masters Rembrandt, Velasquez, Delacroix and Courbert after spending his days copying their works hanging in the Louvre. Castel returned to Palestine at the onset of WWII.

 

The subject of Castel’s early paintings were scenes of Sephardic Jews in the Holy Land. In 1947, Castel helped to found the "New Horizons" (Ofakim Hadashim) group together with Yosef Zaritsky, Yehezkel Streichman, Marcel Janco and others. 

 

In the 1950s his artwork shifted when he was inspired by ancient relief paintings depicting predecessors of the Jewish people. These paintings were surrounded by ancient ruins of basalt blocks, which ultimately became the foundation for his unique method. In 1955, a solo exhibition of his works was mounted at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His murals hang in the Knesset, Binyanei Hauma Convention Center, Rockefeller Center in New York, and the official residence of the President of Israel in Jerusalem. In 1959, he purchased a studio in Montparnasse where he worked for several months a year. 

 

Castel used ground basalt, mixed with sand and glue, to then mold into different forms that he would engraved. The engravings were derived from numerous ancient symbols of Hebrew culture. The artist produced two major commissions for the Israeli government, consisting of large reliefs in his signature style.

 

A large collection of the Mr. Castel’s artwork can be viewed at the Moshe Castel Musuem of Art outside of Jerusalem.

 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York 
The Tate Gallery, London 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
The Jewish Museum, New York 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-Texas 
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona 
Art Museum Berkeley University, California 
Brandeis University, Boston 
Smith College Museum, Northampton, Mass 
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University 
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Art Museum, Conn 
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 
Baltimore Museum of Art 
John Hopkins University, Baltimore  
American Public Insurance Company, Des Moines 
The Knesset House of Parliament, Jerusalem 
The Brooklyn Museum of Art 
Fairleigh Dickinson Fine Arts Museum, NJ 
U.S. Steel, Pittsburg 
Rehovot House of Sir Isaac and Lady Edith 
Wolfson at the Weizman Institute 
Temple B'nai Shalom, Rockville Center, New York
Temple Emanu-El, Providence, Rhode Island 
San Francisco Museum of Art 
The Dropsie College, Philadelphia 
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York 
Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, New York 
Museum of the Vatican, Rome 
The Presidential Mansion, Jerusalem.