Auction 168 Part 1 Israeli & International Art
Jan 20, 2018 (Your local time)
 Kikar de Shalit, Herzeliya Pituah
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LOT 74:

Nachum Gutman
1898 - 1980

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Sold for: $55,000
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$ 30,000
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1898 - 1980
The Promenade in Tiberias, 1950,
Oil on canvas, 38X46 cm.
Signed and dated.

The authenticity of the painting has been confirmed by Prof. Hemi Gutman, the artist’s son.

The promenade in Tiberias, i.e. the platform on the shore of the Kinneret, was a frequent artistic subject in Gutman’s paintings. During his visits to Safed’s artist quarter (since 1946 and into the 1960’s), he would travel to Tiberias, at times together with Shimshon Holzman, and paint watercolors that captured the atmosphere on the platform – fishermen, people in cafés, eating fish in restaurants, the two-story basalt building at the corner of the platform (Gutman and Holzman also painted from the second floor of the building) etc.
Gutman produced many watercolors from that promenade, a location that provided an idyllic source for depictions of peace and tranquility, perfect harmony between man and nature. It is, therefore, appropriate to compare this painting with another watercolor ”On the Shore of the Kinneret” from 1949, depicting a male figure, sitting on the edge of the platform, in a jacket, facing the lake, holding a fish string, his back to a table set with cloth and two bottles. Or an oil painting, ”The Promenade in Tiberias” from 1954, the same figure appears again near a crowd spending time in a café, the lake opposite, and the two-story basalt building. Pink, light blue, airy brushstrokes, spring light, tranquil lake – all support Gutman’s friendly style, channeling Raoul Dufy, trying to achieve a depiction of pleasantness, in the manner of Henri Matisse.
In that sense, Gutman is the Hebrew version of Matisse. Notice the bald round figure in this painting, well dressed (white shoes, white shirt, blue jacket), relaxing into his chair on the promenade, red wine, freshly fried fish on his plate.
Gutman stylizes and somewhat slows down the spontaneity of watercolors with his oils, but maintains the frivolity: a moment of happiness, a depiction of joy. Probably it is a Sabbath, and the lady behind our subject arrived too to enjoy this peaceful moment and place. The Kinneret is tranquil, the voluptuous landscape in the background – the Golan Heights – hide the Syrian terror - contributing even more so to the tenderness in general. Paradise.

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