Ben Uri collection

Work by Yosl Bergner

Yosl Bergner was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1920 and grew up in Warsaw, Poland. In 1937, fleeing antisemitism the family moved to Australia (his father was involved in an ultimately unfulfilled plan by the Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization to search for a potential Jewish homeland) and he studied in the National Gallery School in Melbourne. During the Second World War Bergner served in the Australian Army, afterwards continuing his studies. He lived in Melbourne from 1937–48, socialising with a wide circle of local artists, among whom was Sidney Nolan. Bergner left Australia in 1948, travelling in Paris, Montreal and New York City. Two years later he settled in Safed, Israel, moving to Tel Aviv in 1957. He is best-known as a painter of allegorical still lifes and also designed scenery and costumes for the Yiddish and Hebrew theatres. In 1956, Bergner was a co-recipient of the Dizengoff Prize for painting, receiving the Israel Prize for painting in 1980.

1 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Still Life with Lamp and Little Clown

Object type painting

Accession number 2013-19