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    Sale 1005

    19th & 20th Century Art at the Hilton Hotel

    27 April 2008, Tel Aviv, Hilton Hotel

  • Lot 25

    REUVEN RUBIN (1893 - 1974)

    Rubin and Esther

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    REUVEN RUBIN (1893 - 1974)
    Rubin and Esther
    signed 'Rubin' and signed again in Hebrew (lower left); signed again, titled, inscribed and dated '1940 - 1960' (on the stretcher); signed again and inscribed 'Started in 1940 - Finished in 1960' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    22 x 18¼ in. (55.5 x 46.5 cm.)
    Painted 1940 - 1960

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    " In the early spring of 1929 Rubin boarded the ship auretania returning from New York to Tel Aviv. On the trip he met his wife to be, Esther Davis. Rubin said that he fell in love with her as soon as she looked at him with her large, sea coloured eyes. Esther was to prove the ideal helpmate, with an intuative understanding of the demands of the artists' temperament, a finely disciplined intelligence, and outstanding gifts as a hostess."
    A year after the voyage they married. S. Wilkinson, Reuven Rubin, New york, 1971, p. 56.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaplan, New York.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Tel Aviv, 16 April 2001, lot 17.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    S. Wilkinson, Reuven Rubin, New York, 1971, p. 118, no. 30 (illustrated p. 58).


    Jerusalem, The Israel Museum and Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Rubin Retrospective Exhibition, 1966, no. 58.