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Yosl Bergner Art

Israeli, 1920-2017

Yosl Bergner was an Israeli painter who was born in Vienna in 1920 and grew up in Warsaw. With rampant anti-Semitism in Europe, the Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization was formed in July 1935 to search for a potential Jewish homeland. Soon afterwards a pastoral firm offered the League about 16,500 square kilometers in the Kimberleys, stretching from the north of Western Australia into the Northern Territory. As history showed, the plans went nowhere. But for a time, the Australian idea was at least worth considering. Bergner's father, Melech Ravitch, became involved in a serious investigation of the Kimberleys. Thus the Bergner family moved to Australia.

Yosl emigrated to Australia in 1937 and studied in the National Gallery School until the outbreak of War World II. He served for four and a half years in the Australian Army, and later continued his studies at the Art School.

In Melbourne from 1937-48, Bergner befriended many of the local artists who now epitomize modern Australian art: Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, John Perceval and Arthur Boyd. Adrian Lawlor moved with his wife to a cottage at Warrandyte where they lived for 30 years.

Bergner was a frequent visitor at this Warrandyte home. All the men socialized together. Bergner encouraged them to go beyond their traditional landscape style, and he introduced a more radical concern for working families, thus having an important impact on Australian art.

Bergner may not have been prepared for the plight of many struggling Australians. Yet he felt a strong connection between the suffering of people everywhere, whether they were the Jews that he remembered from Europe, landless blacks in the heart of Australia or hungry children in inner urban Melbourne.
He left Australia in 1948 and after two years of traveling and exhibiting in Paris, Montreal and New York, he settled in Israel. He lived in Safed until moving to Tel Aviv in 1957.

Bergner has designed scenery and costumes for the Yiddish and Hebrew Theatres, particularly for the plays of Nissim Aloni, and has illustrated many books. The acme of Bergner's paintings is his allegorical works; he uses kitchen tools such as squashed pots, oil lamps, wrecks and cracked jugs, and he anthropomorphizes them. These old instruments symbolize distorted and poor world of wars, secrets and darkness.

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"Eternal Light," Yosl Bergner, Surrealist Lamp Still Life in a Landscape
By Yosl Bergner
Located in New York, NY
Yosl Bergner (1920 - 2017) Eternal Light, circa 1965-70 Oil on canvas 13 x 9 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Louis H. Barnett, Fort Worth, Texas Yosl Bergner was an Israeli p...
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1960s Surrealist Yosl Bergner Art

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Masonite, Oil

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

Materials

Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

Materials

Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. Dimensions: H 19.5" x 13.5" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph

Israeli Expressionist Yosl Bergner Modernist Lithograph Kibbutz Coffee Grinder
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Abstract Composition, Coffee Grinder Hand signed in Hebrew Lower right. limited edition. Dimensions: H 18.5" x 24.9" Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surr...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Screen, Lithograph

Israeli Yosl Bergner Modernist Watercolor Painting Drawing Pots, Pans
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Abstract Composition, Kitchen Utensils. Ink and watercolor of kitchen implements. Hand signed in Hebrew upper left. Dimensions: (Frame) H 25" x 18" (Sight) H 18.5" x W 11.75" Bergn...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Archival Ink, Watercolor

1959 Israeli Yosl Bergner Modernist Color Woodcut Woodblock Print
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Abstract Composition, 1959 Silkscreen Lithograph "Phoenix". This was from a portfolio which included works by Yosl Bergner, Menashe Kadishman, Yosef Zaritsky, Aharon Kahana, Jacob We...
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1950s Modern Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Portrait of Young Girl Surrounded by Falling Rectangular Stone Boulders
By Yosl Bergner
Located in New York, NY
A pencil signed and numbered lithograph (213/250) by Yosl Bergner showing his surrealist portrait in blue of a young girl surrounded by Falling Rectangular Boulders that also appear ...
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1970s Surrealist Yosl Bergner Art

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Lithograph

Rare Israeli Modernist Figurative Abstract Gouache Painting
By Yosl Bergner
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Mixed Media, Watercolor and Gouache Bergner, Yosl (Vladimir Jossif) (b Vienna, 13 Oct 1920). surrealist, surrealism. belongs to the generation of people uprooted from childhood lan...
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20th Century Expressionist Yosl Bergner Art

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Mixed Media

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