The Land of Light and Promise
12 January – 24 April 2011
An exhibition of some 35 works by Ludwig Blum, a 20th-century Orientalist who painted the Holy Land, including ten remarkable views of Jersualem.
Blum's European persona and academic practice never changed in the heat and heart of this very different continent. He is recognised not only as a distinguished artist of the classic mould but also as the finest topographical artist of his time working in the Levant. His was a unique period in history being the 25 years before and after the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. He travelled extensively and often across borders to Iran and Iraq , and his work chronicles in realistic and archival fashion the characteristics of different societies during those times.The exhibition brings together a remarkable body of Blum's work not seen in London since he exhibited at the Wertheim Gallery in 1933, Ben Uri, The Fine Art Society and The Royal Academy in 1938. Included are ten remarkable views of Jerusalem, its landscape and peoples, providing a unique historical glimpse of this majestic and holy city over half a century alongside rare views of building sites during the construction of Tel Aviv.