Modernist Israeli Landscape O/C by Zoma Baitler c. 1966


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Beautiful vintage oil on canvas painting of a mountain range in Israel, by Zoma Baitler of Uruguay and Israel. It is signed on the front in Hebrew, and verso is marked with the artists name, which reads Baitler, Montanias en el Negev (which is a region in Southern Israel, home of the Negev Mountains) and is also dated 1966 and Israel. There is Hebrew writing to the right side of the back as well, which from what I can tell is giving the same information as the English to the left.

The canvas measures 15″ by 39 1/2″, with the frame adding 3″ on all sides of that.

Zoma Baitler (Šanciai, Lithuania, April 3, 1908–Montevideo, Uruguay, June 26, 1994) was a painter, draftsman, Uruguayan diplomat and journalist of Lithuanian descent. He was the youngest of six children and spent his childhood in his hometown, near Kaunas, Lithuania.

In addition to painting and drawing studies with Lithuanian painter Paul Kaufman, Baitler attended the School of Arts and Crafts and World ORT in Lithuania. In 1927, he moved to Montevideo, where he established and began studying painting and philosophy of art with the Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia. Between 1949 and 1963 he made several trips to Europe. In 1959, he was appointed member of the Commission of Fine Arts in Uruguay and between 1963 and 1964 he was the cultural attache at the embassy of Uruguay in Israel.

His works are at the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Uruguay Juan Manuel Blanes, the National Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Montevideo and several art museums in New York, United States.

The painting exhibits typical signs of it’s age, but I don’t see anything I would classify as damage, slashes, holes, paint chips, etc…

Zoma Baitler is very well listed, with dozens of auction results at major auction houses (including Sotheby’s), with prices being realized well into the high thousands. I am listing this painting well below its value, and I am willing to entertain fair offers, so don’t miss this opportunity to own a fantastic Israeli painting!