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Sami Briss
Israeli Bird and Fish Hand Woven Itche Mambush Atelier Aubusson Style Tapestry



This is an Aubusson style flat weave hand woven wool tapestry. This is from the Itche Mambush workshop. it is edition 2/5 (He worked with Mordechai Ardon, Marcel Janco, Abraham Rattner and others inspired By Jean Lurcat and Jean Picard le Doux) Sami Briss (French/Roumanian/Israeli) Born May 18, 1930, Jassy, Roumania (Jassy, Romania). Immigrated to Israel in 1960. Created monumental works for the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and for Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Since 1973 lives in Paris, France. His works are in museum and private collections in Romania, West Germany, France, Sweden, Holland, Luxembourg, Canada, U.S.A., etc. Sammi was born on the 18th of May, 1930 in Jassey, Roumania. With the onset of the Second World War, the family fled to Bucharest where Briss enrolled at the "Beaux­Arts" Academy. Here he worked under Camil Ressu, a former student of Gustave Moreau. After leaving the Academy, Briss, active mainly as a printmaker, produced wooden sculptures and lithographs which were widely published. These were, like his earlier still life paintings reminiscent of the constructivism of George Braque and Cezanne. His interpretation of nature and its beings also had a certain relationship to the surrealism of his compatriot, Victor Brauner and the imagery of Paul Klee and André Breton. However, Briss' work cannot be connected with any precise aesthetic code as that of his contemporaries. In 1959 Briss emigrated to Israel where he held his first Retrospective in 1967 at the Nathan Gallery in Tel Aviv. He is part of a generation of post war Israeli artists which include Yaacov Agam, Samuel Bak, Yosl Bergner, Naftali Bezem, Shmuel Katz, David Sharir, Calman Shemi, Jacob Steinhardt, Yossi Stern and Shraga Weil. Here Briss also painted several murals in public buildings during the first half of the 70`s. It is at the beginning of the 60`s that he began painting in oil and watercolours in the "petits format" which he extended by creating Baroque montages, or works in glass frames decorated with velvet fabric or precious wood in the manner reminiscent of the religious icons so widespread in Russia, Bulgaria, and the churches of his native land. Select solo shows: Galerie Romanet, Paris Galerie Art Actuel, Nancy Galerie Bellido, Den Haag Galerie F. Kohn Galerie le Hiboux, Luxembourg Galerie Elca London, Montreal Safrai Gallery, Tel Aviv Galerie Hoffman, Koln Galerie Amillis, Bruxelles Galerie du Forum, Reims Galerie Meissner, Hamburg Galerie Kishi, Osaka, Japan Noortman, Maastricht, Holland Hadassa K. Gallery, Tel Aviv Galerie St. Gilles, Liege Galerie Zur Krone, Switzerland Galerie D'Etraz, Lausanne Galerie Den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam Galerie D'Etraz, Lausanne Group exhibitions: Art Basel, Artexpo New York, Artexpo Los Angeles, This is an Aubusson Gobelin style wool tapisserie similar to Pinton, Tabard, Robert Four and other masterpiece workshops. these take months to make. Sammy Briss art, which is connected to no precise code of contemporary art, he calls upon varied legends to create his own vocabulary of symbols.The fish appears in his works as the symbol of abundance, hands evoke strength and happiness, and birds in flight emphasize a hope of detachment. Based in his two kingdoms of Paris and Tel Aviv, the land of Israel is evoked in Briss' paintings by the ruins of the temples. Briss' art depicts a series of figures, some perturbed, some serene, while his paintings are just as much dynamic as calm, complex and precise.


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    Sami Briss (1930, French)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Width: 42 in. (106.68 cm)
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    Bal Harbour, FL
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    1stDibs: LU382184092

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