ZEEV RABAN (1890 - 1970)
ABOUT ZEEV RABAN
A BIBLICAL AND ERETZ ISRAEL SENSE OF ILLUSTRATION
Born in Poland, Zeev Raban studied in Munich, Brussels and Paris before settling in Jerusalem and teaching at the Bezalel Academy of Art. He was most prominent in perfecting the Bezalel style and designed the school's two greatest masterpieces: the Torah Ark, and the Elijah's Chair - for exhibition in New York in 1926.
Raban's artistic production was unlimited: bookplates, pins, brooches, megillah cases, copper and silver plates, brass and stone signs and shields, playing cards, stained-glass windows, book illustrations, landscape postcards, Torah Ark curtains, and other ceremonial objects. His architectural designs in Jerusalem include decorations for the YMCA, the King David Hotel, the winged lion on the Generali Building, and the doors of Bikur Holim Hospital, among others.
Raban's mastery of design and color, his talent as an illustrator, his strong theatrical sense, his flexibility and ability to communicate with the public through his work made him one of the most important artist-designers of his time. His works rarely appear on the market, are going up in value and are much sought after by collectors.
In 2001, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art presented the exhibition "ZEEV RABAN - A HEBREW SYMBOLIST." An important catalogue accompanied the exhibition with text by Batsheva Goldman Ida. Mayanot Gallery was pleased to participate by loaning art works.
In 1993 a major exhibition accompanied by an important and beautiful catalogue was presentd by Mayanot Gallery. It was the forth of a series of fine shows of the works of early 20th century Israeli Masters shown by Mayanot Gallery.