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Lot 1130: JOSEPH CONSTANT Unique Wood Sculpture Israeli Art(31 views)
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Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
JOSEPH CONSTANT (CONSTANTINOVSKY)
Jaffa 1892-1969 Paris , Israeli / French
Located in the old art studio of Joseph Constant (1892-1969), the Joseph Constant Sculpture Gallery in Ramat-Gan, Israel, displays his sculptures of wood and other materials that are mainly of children and animals due to his love of their innocence and simplicity.
Born in Jaffa, Palestine, Constant (aka Joseph Constantinovsky) lived much of his young life in Russian but came back to Palestine in 1919 as a Halutz (young Jewish immigrants to Palestine) to help build the forthcoming Jewish state. He later studied in Ecole de Paris Art School (1923), where he lived until he returned to Palestine in 1965 for the remainder of his life. Constant was a member of the Animalists, a group of artists who were thus named because of their inspiration from nature.
Not only was Constant a painter, wood engraver and sculptor, he was a writer who used the pseudonym Michel Matveev. He wrote a book entitled Weep Not for the Dead, a tragic story of Jews travelling in Europe searching for a safe haven.
Joseph Constant was married to Ida Constant, an artist that her works are offered in this sale as well.
Composition with Animals
H. 90 cm (including the base), on wooden base hand made by the artist
condition: some cracks in wood, due to time
provenance: The collection of Ze'ev Raban, Jerusalem
Zeev Raban (1890-1970) was a leading painter, decorative artist, and industrial designer of the Bezalel school style, and was one of the founders of the Israeli art world.
estimation 3000-4000 $
starting price 1000$