Nahum Gutman

Nahum Gutman (1898-1980).

A film by Shuli Eshel,
21 minutes, 2000.

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Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor, was among the founding fathers of the renewed Hebrew culture in modern Israel. This is the story of the artist’s life and work mostly in his own words, shedding new light on the man and his creative insights. Filmmaker Shul Eshel widens the spotlight on Nahum Gutman’s legacy and makes clear why he is considered in Israel “more than a painter and writer; he is a cultural institution, a cultural hero.”

Gutman was born in Telenshty, Bessarabia. In 1905 the Gutman family immigrated to Ereẓ Israel, settling in Aḥuzat Bayit (on the site of modern Tel Aviv). He began his art studies in 1913 at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem and in 1920 continued in Vienna at the School of Arts and Crafts. In 1926–28 Gutman participated in two exhibitions that were of great significance in Israeli art history: the Tower of David exhibition, which expressed the Bezalel spirit, and the Modern Artists’ Exhibition at the Ohel Theater in Tel Aviv, which proclaimed a new direction in art.

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Nahum Gutman (1898-1980): Life and work of Israeli artist Nahum Gutman.

USA, 2000. 21:00 minutes
Color, English
Directed & Produced by Shuli Eshel

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Nahum Gutman