Artist: Moshe Kupferman (Israeli (born Poland), 1929–2003)

Date: 1990

Medium: Pastel, gouache, graphite, and charcoal on paper

Dimensions: 29 x 42 1/2 in. (73.7 x 108 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Avishai and Orly Shachar, George M. Jaffin, Avalon S. Krukin, Mayer Mitchell and Dr. Donald Rothfeld Gifts, in honor of Bertha Urdang, 1992

Accession Number: 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.