Moshe Kupferman (Israeli, born Poland, 19262003)
Pastel, gouache, graphite, and charcoal on paper; 29 x 42 1/2 in. (73.7 x 108 cm)
Purchase, Avishai and Orly Shachar, George M. Jaffin, Avalon S. Krukin, Mayer Mitchell and Dr. Donald Rothfeld Gifts, in honor of Bertha Urdang, 1992 (1992.301.2)
Moshe Kupferman moved to Israel in 1948 and helped to establish a kibbutz (settlement) in the Galilee. While living and working in the relative isolation of the settlement, Kupferman practiced painting and developed an artistic style heavily informed by the religious discipline and rigor of kibbutz life. His abstract works were created through an intricate process of adding and removing layers that denotes both expressive impulses and emotional restraint. Through a subtle interplay of line and color, the work reflects a tension between what is seen and what is concealed.