Different genres of Israeli art.

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From across the world, out of so many happening destinations, we happen to choose Jerusalem for its excellent art culture. Jerusalem is one of those places on earth, which has a great legacy of art since biblical times. We get to witness the most exceptional genres of Israeli art here from antiquity. However, back then, this was just limited to primitive techniques and, at some point in history, got mixed with European school or art (which we will discuss down). 

Whatsoever, from the 20th century, we get to witness a new form of visual art, at and near the areas of Jerusalem. Moreover, these art forms vary in many spheres like form, techniques, style, theme, and many more. The interesting fact about this Israeli art is that they are now a result of mixed media, and we see plastic being used in the art forms. Israeli art can now be considered of national importance, and all the dedicated artists should be thanked for the same.

A brief view of what is Israeli art?

Concerning the antiquity of Jewish art, modern artists have come up with new techniques to keep it alive till perpetuity. Moreover, the new forms of art can largely be traced back and taken to their origin as the distinctions are not so stark. Contemporary visual arts are works rising from plastic or other similar media. Moreover, what we must know is that the new visual arts are nothing but a result of different mixed media. 

The genres of Jerusalem art

The art revolution of Jerusalem art began in 1906 with the establishment of “Bezalel” university, which was an amalgamation of certain European style into the already existing art. Moreover, the art back then resembled Art Nouveau and some decorative style. Whatsoever, with the time the university grew and with it grew student’s sensitivity towards their own culture. As a result, from 1910, we get to see a new form of art emerging and which is not European but “Israeli.”

Moreover, the artist who was pouring themselves into these artists sought to call this period also as the “Migdal David” period. Which meant recreating the time of King David into the art forms. This art form shows a distinctive motif from middle eastern tradition.

1930 saw a more diverse time for Israeli art as a new university named “Bauhaus” started to flourish in the areas of Jerusalem. It was basically a new form of architecture that came down from Germany. As we know, the Nazi party grew in power, and Jews were on a constant move from the 1930s. Bauhaus school bought simplicity, modern techniques, smooth design, functionality, and other geometric design to Israeli art. 1940 saw a great artistic and political movement known as the “Canaanite movement.” Now visual arts were inspired by both mythological motifs and ancient culture. Moving ahead with time, there was also a movement in vogue during the 1940-1950s called the “Ofakim Hadashim,” which meant a new horizon. The Israeli artists prevailing the new horizon were inspired by European modernism. Therefore, the art forms from Ofakim Hadashim leaned towards abstraction. However, figures could still be witnesses, however very little.

The “want of matter movement” from the 1960s was a movement inspired by the new horizon. It is interesting to note that these artists who called themselves “10+” bought the pop art and video art to Israel. The art was now a final result of different media to seek a new level of abstraction. 1970 saw the beginning of “Israeli Conceptual art” these art forms were bending towards minimalism and drifted from the traditional ideas of aesthetics. Breaking away from the old political, mythical, and social ideas, an Israeli artist, looked for a new way of what Israeli art should be henceforth. 1980 is the time we see Israel adapting “Political art.” Jerusalem painting is now being used to protest and criticize amidst the ongoing wars. Moreover, we witness art on the holocaust and many social ills. Whatsoever, it could be understood as a way of spreading awareness amongst their people.


After the chronology is established, we must now look at the latest development from Israel that is still running to the present. This is nothing but “Israeli contemporary art.” It is the result of a growing Israel as a country on a global platform. Moreover, we can witness this as fast running art, which is the result of growing technology and people’s sensitivity towards the art form. 

We can now see the diversity in Israeli art and Jerusalem painting; hence it is justified enough to call Israel the art junction of the world. Today you can see the wonders created by some of the finest Israeli artists, and to find them you don’t have top run far you need to visit *page name* and get the delightful experience of living amidst incredible art created by them.

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