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Sculptures by Yosl Bergner

Please view artworks by Yosl Bergner presented in Kings gallery

Yosl Bergner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920 and spent his childhood in Warsaw, Poland. After emigrating to Israel, Yosl Bergner moved from Social Realism, which he preferred to call Social Humanism. Here in his art he created the unique fairy world of kind sad dreamers and butterflies, which is full of allusions to the social problems, that he depicted before. Jewish culture of Poland inspired the artist and he conveyed its atmosphere in the paintings and sculptures.

“Boy riding a horse” by Yosl Bergner

A sad “Boy riding a horse” reflects the old memories of the childhood. This time will never happen again. Even though the hero is firmly holding the toys, he is looking detachedly. The sculpture is very sincere and, therefore, sorrowful.

“Boy and Girl” by Yosl Bergner

A looking forward couple of “Boy and Girl” inspire hope. The butterfly is a symbol of bright and joyful future. Their wide open eyes espress a light sadness.

“Band” by Yosl Bergner

A shtetl theme especially responds in “Band”. Fiddler is looking at spectators, but right through them. The bird and sheep are supporting young musicians. All of them seem to be exhausted, however, passionate and aspiring.

Please find a large selection of works by Yosl Bergner, the artist who showed delicate fusion between sadness and joy. Bergner participated in the Venice Biennale in 1956, 1958 and 1962. Also, in 1980, he was awarded the Israel Prize for Painting. 

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. Especially, 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.

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