Shmuel Charuvi

Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing paintings or drawings by Shmuel Charuvi. 

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

 

Ukrainian born Shmuel Charuvi (1897-1965) was an Israeli painter who studied art in Odessa where he met the founding inspiration of the Bezalel School, Professor Boris Schatz. Under Schatz’s influence Charuvi subsequently moved to Jerusalem. He studied at the Bezalel Academy from 1914 when he was only 17 years old. While living in Jerusalem, the Mediterranean sunlight encouraged Charuvi’s romantic use of warm colors, producing delicate Eretz Israel scenes in a style that became known as ‘Jerusalem realism.’

 

Shmuel Bokser-Charuvi was born in the village of Mikhaylovka, now in the Ukraine. In 1913, after learning Art in Odessa he immigrated to the Land of Israel, and joined the Bezalel School in Jerusalem. Charuvi belonged to the charismatic group of students (including Menahem Shemi, Nahum Gutman, Joseph Levin, and others) who were to shape the new Israeli art.

 

Between the years 1917 and 1919 he served in the Jewish Legion. In the 1920's he produced landscape paintings and paintings with Biblical themes. Additionally, Shmuel was an active member of the Jewish Artists' Association.  Shmuel Charuvi is well known for his botanical illustration made for Ephraim Hareuveni's "Floral Treasury of the Land of Israel."

 

His romantic use of color and brushstrokes were influenced by his Eastern European childhood but his realist tendencies were influenced by Abel Pann who brought the Paris spirit to Bezalel. Pann encouraged his students to move out of the studio and into nature, effecting their fateful introduction to the Mediterranean sunlight. Thereafter, landscapes would no longer be “holy places”, but natural experiences in eastern light and color.

 

Shmuel Charuvi’s paintings depict classical bucolic scenes of Israel and the country’s holy places in warm tones. He rarely includes human figures in his work, and works to preserve the idealistic image of Israel before contemporary reconstruction. Charuvi was endlessly interested in the transience of time and often painted vanishing landscapes, clouds and shadows. He was a founder of the Hebrew Artists’ Association.

 

Shmuel Charuvi's works are found in museums and private collections around the world.

 

 

Education

1910-13 Secondary school of the Arts, Odessa, The Russian Empire

1914-18 Bezalel School of Arts & Crafts, Jerusalem