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“Rachel’s tomb” by Shmuel Haruvi

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From the painting breathes pacification and tranquillity. Sandy colors and, also, the wind blowing over the lonely tree set to meditation and reflection. The only one building and an olive seem to be alive interacting characters. Rachel was one of the four foremothers of the Jewish people, the beloved wife of the forefather Yaacov. Rachel was the youngest daughter of Laban, her elder sister was Leah. From Rachel the tribes of Benjamin, Ephraim and Menashe trace their genealogy. Like her sister Leah, Rachel is considered a great righteous woman.

Rachel’s tomb

Yaakov buried Rachel not in the family crypt in the cave of Machpelah, but in the place of her death. A memorial sign made of stones was placed over her grave. Midrash Bereshit Rabbah says that Yaakov buried Rachel on the road to Bethlehem because he foresaw how in the future his descendants, exiled to Babylon, would pass along this road, and Rachel would bless them. Nowadays people tell many miraculous stories happening due to the prayers in this place.

Shmuel (Samuel) Charuvi is well-known for his landscapes and still life paintings. He was born in Ukraine to an orthodox Jewish family in 1897. His art is very spiritual. Especially he conveys the places of biblical events adding his personal attitude. Interestingly, the artist had never joined any artistic group.

In addition, check our blogs about “Israeli Landscape” by Henry Andrew Harper and “Landscape” by Tadeusz Rychter.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. With over 20 years of experience, Kings Gallery strives to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary International art. The gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. Also, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will be prominent names in the next few years.

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