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Andre Elbaz
Jerusalem Old City Landscape, Expressionist Judaica Israeli Painting



In this painting the artist uses gestural brushstrokes, which causes distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. Andre Elbaz uses as his subject figures walking in old city Jerusalem. André Elbaz (born April 26, 1934, El Jadida, Morocco) is a famous Moroccan painter and filmmaker. Elbaz studied art and theatre in Rabat and Paris from 1950 to 1961. He started painting only at the age of 21, until which age he had been interested mainly in theatre. A few years later, he managed to combine his two passions into a new approach in art-therapy, inventing together with his wife, a psychiatrist, the Pictodrame, which brought him world recognition. His first exhibition, which was very successful, took place in Casablanca in 1961 and earned him an appointment as Professor at the Beaux-Arts school in Casablanca. Years later, in 1976, he exhibited his paintings at the Tel-Aviv Museum. In parallel to his career as a painter, Elbaz is also known as a filmmaker. He produced several short films in France, Canada and the United States. One of them, La nuit n'est jamais complète (The night is never complete), won a prize at the "5th Biennale de Paris in 1967". Among the themes chosen for the many films he produced, there was a short one about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, as well as a series of drawings entitled Seuls (Alone), with texts written by both Elie Wiesel and Naim Kattan. Both the short movie and the drawings were a result of his fascination by Holocaust related themes. This fascination also inspired him for other works that were shown at an exhibition at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, in 1985. His paintings are famous for boasting traditional Jewish themes and he often present them in a chiefly expressionist style. A retrospective of his lifetime achievements and works was held in 1990 at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. 2006 - Retrospective of works from 1986-2005 in Morocco. Rabat/Casablanca (Institut Français),El Jadida (Salle Chaïbia),Fès (Musée Batha) 2000 - Cinq triptyques en guise de perspective - Mémorial du CDJC, Paris 1993 - Cegep Saint Laurent, Montréal 1992 - Sala dei Congressi, Milano ; Casa della Cultura, Livorno - Carlton Center, Ottawa ; Jewish Public Library, Montréal 1990 - Biennale du Film d'Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris 1990 - Seïbu Gallery, Tokyo 1989 - Nishi-Azabu ; Azakloth Gallery, Tokyo 1985 - Musée d'Art, Yad Vashem, Jérusalem 1984 - Galerie Aut der Land, Munich 1976 - Musée de Tel Aviv 1975 - Centre Rachi, Paris 1972 - Albert White Gallery, Toronto 1970 - Terre des Hommes, Montréal 1969 - Waddington Gallery, Montréal 1965 - Centre Culturel Français, Casablanca 1964 - Zwemmer Gallery, Londres 1962-63-1965 - Musée de Bab Rouah, Rabat 1960 - Balliol College, Oxford Awards 1998 - Prix Mémoire de la Shoah - Fondation du Judaïsme Français 1961-1963-1965-1967 - Biennales de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne 1955-1959 - Salon des Surindépendants - Salon de l'Ecole Française - Salon d'Hiver Salon de la jeune Peinture - Musée d'Art Moderne - Paris Short films and animations 1972 - Histoire d'œufs, animation at Montreal 1971 - Regard sur la Peinture Américaine, Whitney Museum, New York 1970 - L'homme à la Bouteille, Created at the NFB in Montreal at the request of Norman McLaren - Les Mobiles chez Calder at MOMA New York 1969 - Graphiques for " Kaddish " by Léonard Bernstein 1966 - La Nuit n'est Jamais Complète, Oratorio "A Survivor from Warsaw " Arnold Schöenberg, Service de la Recherche de l'ORTF - represents France at the Festival du Court-Métrage in Tours


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