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“Olive Tree in Galilee” by Reuven Rubin

Israeli modernist artist Reuven Rubin is famous for gentle landscapes of Jerusalem and Galilee. Peaceful beauty, soft transitions of sandy colors and endless vague perspective transmit endless admiration for the magnificence of the nature. Furthermore, trees seem to be alive especially due to the composition of the painting. The artist spread out olive trees on the hills, and even though most of them lack greenery, they look vivid and strong.


Color combinations create the effect of lightening. Striving upward trees seem to dissolve as if they are imaginary. Near the upper right corner, the artist depicted oasis, which looks as flying in the mist. It’ is another world with cypresses and pleasant coolness.

As Zionist, Rubin eagerly depicted the natural sights and the landscapes of Israel. The local flora and fauna symbolize renewal and growth. Indeed, the nature shows the harmony, that is being built by newcomers. Also, two bright spots in the left part remind of two walking away figures.


The airiness and upward aspiration of the composition are created by the shift from the darker tones in the bottom to the lighter in the top of the painting.

Unique style of the artist plunges viewers into the space of the painting. Interestingly, the combination of details and blurred parts makes the artwork going beyond the frame.

Kings gallery

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. In particular, the gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

This painting was sold, however, you can find a large selection of works created by Reuven Rubin in Kings gallery. He was a pioneering figurative Israeli artist of the mid-20th and one of the creators of the new Eretz- Israel style.

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