Los Angeles


Dalzell Hatfield Galleries

Rubin’s paintings are songs of Israel, of its people of its traditions and of its landscape. Gentle, at times pathetically lyrical, there is nevertheless an exhuherance of rich color that evokes a kind of spiritual, yet not wholly religious, temper. Themes occur and re-occur: The Goldfish Vendor, The Drummer, The Sheepshearer, The Musicians of Safed, Mimosa, Pomegranates, Mother and Child, Road to Nazareth, Rest on the Flight, The Rabbi. As Rubin paints again and again variations of the same motif, it becomes very personal yet somehow the esthetic seldom escapes its European genesis. Born in Rumania, Rubin went to Tel Aviv in his late teens. But before finally establishing himself in Israel, he spent a period in Paris, learning from the masters he saw there—Cézanne, Renoir, Rembrandt and Rubens—at least these the catalog lists. Far more evident are the visual impressions of Matisse, Chagall, Rouault, Braque, Hofer, Rohlfs and curiously, something of Byzantine iconography. Thus the imagery of Rubin has a kind of sophisticated naivete, a decorative charm and a manifested need to express the spirit of a land both very old and very new.