24x18 Israel Albert Goldman Oil Elijah Fed by Ravens or Biblical Story
For your consideration is an oil painting on board by Israeli artist, Albert Goldman (1922-2011). I am sure this is the artist because he signed his name in print with a very strange looking "G". The back of the painting also identifies the artist as Goldman. In addition, I reviewed some of his works on line and the style of this painting have similarities to Goldman. I am not sure of the scene, but there is a man with wrapped head, leaning on a staff, what looks like a bird of prey with something in its mouth, and then some form of spiritual figures flying overhead. I think this might be Elijah in the ravine being fed by the ravens, but I cannot account for those spirits above him unless they are angels instead of demons. Some of Goldman's paintings are from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. I believe "Jacob's Ladder" is probably his most well known rendering. Therefore, it makes sense this painting may be influenced in the same manner. If that is not the scene depicted in this painting, perhaps the accusation and subsequent torture as a suspected Israeli spy in 1951 influenced this painting; truly hard to say because it is untitled.
Another unique aspect of Goldman's paintings - he did not use a palette to mix his colors, but used a board instead which he then used for his next painting so that the residual affects of the colors would transfer from one painting into another. On the back of the barn wood frame, made popular in the 1960s to the 1970s, there are four blocks of mixed colors on artist's board (see image 7); just another piece of evidence that Albert Goldman painted this scene - it also makes it quite probable that this is the original frame.
"I have here a board of canvas on which I mix and then paint, I don't use a palette. This board of canvas that is enriched with the tones of the last painting will give a very rich background for the next painting." –Albert Goldman
Albert Goldman, born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1922, is well known for his bucolic, brightly painted scenes of Israel. In 1951, Goldman fled Egypt to Israel after being accused of being a spy for Israel and incurring a brutal beating by a mob. He was a successful hotel manager both in Egypt and Israel and did not give up his hotel management business to focus on art exclusively until 1980. He studied with various artists in Egypt and Israel. Goldman´s paintings have been collected by many well-known people throughout the world and are prized for their luminosity and careful composition. Although his landscapes of Israel are very popular, he also paints Judaic themes and still life florals. His painting, "Jacob's Ladder" netted $1,000 at auction. –Internet source.
The painting, as photographed, measures approximately 24" x 18". Frame measures approximately 31-1/2" x 25-1/4".
Condition: You can see where the edge of the frame sat on top of the painting along the edge. I see a few light scratches and some crazing. On the left side of the painting, there are some stains that look like water dropped down on it and ran down on the painting. I can tell it did not damage the paint, but it does look like it left a film where it dripped or perhaps took a little off the gloss. I am not a restorer, so I do not know if it is a quick, easy fix and comes off, or if the buyer will need to consult a restorer. I wonder if re-varnishing would work, but I do not have any knowledge. There is no doubt it is not major like employing a restorer for in-painting or repairing a rip or hole in the canvas.
The frame has a few scratches and some wear from age as well. Although I believe the frame is original to the painting because of the four pieces of artist's board attached to the back, it does have modifications so it would fit and not slip. For instance, there are three small blocks with one missing at the top which is likely the reason for the scratches on the painting. Adding a wood backing helps stabilize the artwork inside the frame. Therefore, I would suggest adding that and using better nails.
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