Art in Zion: The Genesis of Modern National Art in Jewish Palestine, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Art in Zion

The Genesis of Modern National Art in Jewish Palestine, 1st Edition

By Dalia Manor


270 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 47 B/W Illus.

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Art in Zion deals with the link between art and national ideology and specifically between the artistic activity that emerged in Jewish Palestine in the first decades of the twentieth century and the Zionist movement. In order to examine the development of national art in Jewish Palestine, the book focuses on direct and indirect expressions of Zionist ideology in the artistic activity in the yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine). In particular, the book explores two major phases in the early development of Jewish art in Palestine: the activity of the Bezalel School of Art and Crafts, and the emergence during the 1920s of a group of artists known as the Modernists.


'Manor has undoubtedly enriched the relatively small number of works in English on Israeli art with a book that is clear, well written and succinct and that uses a wealth of varied sources… The great advantage of this book is that it tells an intriguing story' - Yael Guilat, The Journal of Israeli History, Volume 26 Issue 1, March 2007

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations. Note on Terms, Translation and Transliteration. Introduction Part 1: The Bezalel Institute and the Myth of Origin of Israeli Art 1. Ideological Background 2. Boris Schatz Founder of Bezalel 3. The Bezalel Institute 4. The Iconography of Bezalel Art 5. A 'Hebrew Style': The Early Quest for Local Jewish Art Part 2: Art for the Nation: The Work of Reuven Rubin 6. Beginnings in Romania 7. Rubin in Palestine Part 3: The Modernists of the 1920s 8. A View from Afar: Landscapes of the Homeland 9. Orientalism, Primitivism, and Folklore: Looking at the Country's Types 10. Art and Ideas: Artists, Critics and the Role of Art. Conclusion

About the Author

Dr. Dalia Manor is an art historian and critic with special interest in modern art and national identity. She has published numerous articles, catalogues and reviews on art in Israel. She lectures in Israeli Culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Asian
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies