Israeli painter of Polish birth. As a young boy he greatly admired
El Greco, Goya and Rembrandt. From 1920 to 1925 he studied at the
Bauhaus, Weimar, under Klee, Kandinsky, Johannes Itten and Lyonel
Feininger and the following year studied painting techniques at the
Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich under Max Doerner. During
the 1920s he changed his name from Max Bronstein to Mordecai Ardon.
He taught at the Kunstschule Itten in Berlin from 1929 to 1933, when
Nazi persecution forced him to flee to Jerusalem. Though he had been
an active Communist in Germany, in Jerusalem he soon found a great
affinity with Jewish religion and culture. In 1935 he was made a
professor at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, and
was its Director from 1940 to 1952.
At the Gates of Jerusalem
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