Large Modernist Hand Forged Iron Menorah Sculpture Knesset Israeli David Palombo - Black Abstract Sculpture by David Palombo
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David Palombo
Large Modernist Hand Forged Iron Menorah Sculpture Knesset Israeli David Palombo

c.1960

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Heavy Hand Forged Brutalist Iron Memorial Menorah Sculpture This relates to his most important commission the gates at the Knesset in Jerusalem Israel. I have included a photo of them here. David Palombo was an Israeli sculptor and painter. He was born in Turkey and immigrated to the Land of Israel with his parents in 1923. In 1940 he began his studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and from 1942 as a student of sculptor Ze’ev Ben-Zvi. For a period of time, Palombo was an assistant at Ben-Zvi’s studio and also taught at Bezalel. Work by Palombo is included in the Judaica collection of the Jewish Museum (a well known Hanukkah menorah). Bronze. Palombo executed the impressive welded metal gates of the Tent of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem, the memorial to the martyrs of the holocaust, as well as the gates to the Knesset Building the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization awarded him a scholarship for study in Japan. David Palombo was born in 1920 in the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood of Jerusalem to a traditional family of Turkish extraction. In 1934 he began to work in the telephone department of the Israel Postal Authority erecting telephone poles. During this period he was also a member of the “Histadrut HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed” (The General Federation of Students and Young Workers in Israel). In the 1940s he took art lessons at night. In 1948 he went to Paris, where he visited the studio of the sculptor Brunozzi, whose work influenced him. Around 1958 he married the artist Shulamit Sirota. In 1960 he quit his job to devote himself to art. In 1964 he married for the second time to the artist Yona Palombo. The two of them went to live in an abandoned home on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. In 1966 he was killed when the motorcycle on which he was riding ran into a chai stretched across the street to prevent the desecration of Shabbat. His widow opened a museum in their home that was active until the year 2000. Palombo’s early works, in the 1950s, were influenced by modernist sculptors such as Brancusi. These works were composed of abstract images from nature and were carved out of stone or wood. At the end of the 1950s he began making metal sculptors, using the technique of welding. His work took on a more abstract and expressive character. Among his famous works are the entrance gates to the Yizkor Tent in Yad Vashem, the old entrance gates to the Knesset, etc. Artists' House, Jerusalem Jacob Pins, Yossi Stern, Jakob Steinhardt, Mordechai Levanon, Ludwig Blum, David Palombo, Zeev Raban, Menashe Kadishman, Zahara Schatz, Louise Schatz, Motke Blum, Bezalel (Lilik) Schatz and Naftali Bezem. Education 1940 Painting with Isidor Ascheim, New Bezalel School for Arts and Crafts, Jerusalem 1942 Sculpture with Zeev Ben Zvi, Jerusalem 1956 Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy 1958 Welding Course Awards And Prizes 1966 UNESCO Award

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 8.25 in. x W 18.5 in. x D 9 in.H 20.96 cm x W 46.99 cm x D 22.86 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU3824033082
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