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Motke Blum
Israeli Motke Blum Modernist Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting Bezalel Artist



Motke Blum was born in Racacun, Romania in 1925. Early in his childhood, the Blum family moved to Bucharest where they settled in a house situated near a circus. The circus would become young Blum's greatest love. He befriended several of the clowns and other performers and, when not painting or playing in clay, Blum could be found enjoying the company of these spirited entertainers. These experiences would later become a recurring theme in many of his works of art. In 1938, he was taken by the Romanian Iron Guard. When the Germans invaded Romania, Blum was taken to a forced labor camp. Even during his imprisonment, he continued to create art, painting on the walls of the camp. He escaped the Nazi camp in 1944 and boarded an immigrants' ship to Israel. One of the three ships in the convoy was sunk by a German torpedo. Motke later incorporated shipwrecks, boats, and other maritime subjects into several of his paintings. Studies, Bezalel, Jerusalem, Enamel, Silversmithing, Painting and Sculpture. 1956 Seminar in the dep. of design in the royal silver factory of Zeist, The Netherlands. Over the course of his long and fruitful career, Blum showed internationally at over fifty one-man-shows with exhibits in Israel, Holland, England, Belgium, the United States, France, Australia, and more. His art has been commissioned for public buildings and by prominent figures in Israel and around the world, and a series of posters were commissioned by the Justice Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism. Group exhibition Rina Gallery, Jerusalem Artists: Motke Blum, Efraim Fima (Roytenberg, Ephraim) Zelig Segal, David Sharir, Joseph Halevi, David Caftori, Dedi Ben Shaul, Raffi Lavie Exposition des Artistes de Jérusalem Grand Palais, Paris, France Artists: Samuel Ackerman, Marek Yanai, Zvi Tolkovsky, Zvi Miron Sima, Zahara Schatz, Louise Schatz, David Rakia, Pinchas Litvinovsky, Dudu Gerstein, David, Aharon Bezalel and Mordecai Ardon. Giving back to the community has been a focus throughout his life. After establishing a studio at Chutzot Hayotzer, Motke welcomed schools and both adults and children with special needs, using painting and creativity as a means of teaching people to find their inner strength. Motke has contributed several of his works to schools, clubs, institutions, the IDF, and other special organizations. Additionally, he has donated several paintings to fund philanthropies and organizations for the benefit of education and social activity.


  • Creator
    Motke Blum (1925)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.75 in. (34.93 cm)Width: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
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  • Condition
    unframed. minor wear around edges where it was framed, slight loss at corner. should mat out under frame, see photos.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 6061stDibs: LU3823467732

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