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Artist information

Name Rudolf Lehmann (1903-1977)

Other name Rudi Lehmann

Born Berlin, Germany

Died Givatayim, Israel

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Lehmann was born in Berlin and studied animal sculpture under Ludwig Vordermayer (1868-1933) in 1912, and sculpture and ceramics at the city’s Municipal School of Arts and Crafts from 1925 to 1928. He also met his wife, the distinguished German Jewish sculptor Hedwig Grossmann (1902-1955) at this time. From 1929-30, Lehmann worked at the Pergamon Museum, afterwards teaching sculpture at the Berlin School of Modern Art. In 1933 the couple moved to Jerusalem, where Lehmann briefly taught at the reopened Bezalel School for Arts and Crafts, where his best-known student was Menashe Kadishman, and later established a sculpture studio with Grossmann. In 1953, he became a co-founder of the Ein Hod Artists’ Village - the only artists’ village in Israel. In 1959 he moved to Givatayim, where he remained until his death. Lehmann was an enigmatic figure; he was not born Jewish and never converted nor mastered Hebrew, despite strongly identifying with Zionism. He was the winner of the prestigious Dizengoff prize in 1952 and in 1966.

Object Details

Date 1965

Object type print

Medium woodcut on paper

Materials and techniques woodcut (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 15.5 x 10 cm

Framed 27 x 22.6 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: [Hebrew] 1965

Acquisition presented by Ya'akov Boussidan 1974

Accession number 1994-9

Display status not on display

Lehmann’s work, predominantly sculpture and woodcuts, focuses on the animal form. He aimed to capture the animal’s essence, frequently observing his subjects during lengthy visits to the Tel Aviv Zoo. His forms are simple - influenced by the work of the painter and sculptor Ewald Mataré - and also draw attention to his raw materials.


animal | donkey | nature | print | zoo

Selected exhibition history

2018 Finchleystrasse: German artists in exile in Great Britain and beyond 1933-45

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