Yosl Bergner is one of Australia’s most important artists. Born in Austria and raised in Poland, he and his family immigrated to Australia in 1937 to escape anti-semitism. In Melbourne, Bergner attended the National Art School and befriended the Heide circle, who included Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and John Perceval. It was alongside Noel Coulihan and Vic O’Connor however, that Bergner made his indeminable mark. Self-described as a social humanist, Bergner and his fellow social realists forged a bracingly political vision.
Fiddlers recur throughout Bergner’s work, possibly connecting to the Jewish play ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. The play’s underlying theme - faith as a protector against social turbulence - resonants with Bergner, who was Jewish. Music has also long been a salve for those living in poverty and therefore, has a political dimension. Like Bergner’s art, ‘The Fiddler’ and the art it refers to is a flicker of light for trying times.
Bergner brought German Expressionism to Australia. His legacy persists in not only style, but the belief art can change the world. A lifelong member of the National Gallery of Victoria, a major retrospective of his work was held at Tel Aviv Museum in 2000. He is represented in numerous public collections in Australia and abroad, and is the recipient of the Israel Prize for painting and co-recipient of the Dizengoff Prize for painting. For collectors of socially conscious, Modern and expressionist art, Bergner is a must.
Yosl BERGNER (1920 - 2017)
'The Fiddler' Ca. 1990s
screenprint on paper
Image Size: 24 x 24 cm
Dimensions: 35 x 25 cm
Signed: Signed [in Hebrew] and titled in pencil in margin below image
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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