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Ludwig Blum

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Occupation  Painter
Name  Ludwig Blum

Role  Painter
Died  1975, Jerusalem, Israel
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Born  1891Brno, Czechoslovakia

Ludwig Blum (1891–1975) was a Czechoslovakia-born Israeli painter. He emigrated to Israel in 1923, as part of the Third Aliyah, and became known as "the painter of Jerusalem".


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Early life

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Ludwig Blum was born in 1891 in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He emigrated to Israel in 1923, as part of the Third Aliyah. He served in the First World War. He was privately educated in Vienna and later attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.


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Upon his arrival in Israel, and as a dedicated Zionist, he started paintings scenes of everyday life and landscapes in Israel. He did many paintings of Jerusalem (including the Western Wall and the Mount of Olives), Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee and the Judaean Mountains. Additionally, he painted some kibbutzs: Kiryat Anavim and Degania Alef, and the lives of Israeli soldiers, including the Palmach. He also painted copper mines in the Timna Valley. He also painted the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy, and a vase of roses.

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He became known as "the painter of Jerusalem". In 1933, his painting entitled simply Jerusalem was honoured at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1967, he received the Yakir Yerushalayim from the City of Jerusalem.

In 2011 the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan held an exhibition of Blum's paintings.


He died in 1975 in Jerusalem.

Selected paintings

  • Jerusalem in the Snow (1927).
  • Jerusalem, Temple Mount (1928).
  • Vase of Rose (1931).
  • Kibbutz Kiryat Anavim (1932).
  • Kibbutz Degania (1934).
  • The Judea mountains (1943).
  • The Arch of Constantine (1944).
  • Jerusalem, seen from Mount Scopus (1950).
  • The Market in Jerusalem (1950).
  • View of Jerusalem from the Hill of Evil Counsel (1951).
  • Landscape (1956).
  • Timna, Copper Mines (1957).
  • View of Jerusalem (1962).
  • Jerusalem, David's Tower and the Sultan's Pool, seen from Mishkanot Shaananim (1964).
  • The Western Wall.
  • The walled city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
  • Sea of Galilee.
  • Portrait with a keffiyeh.
  • Secondary source

  • The Real and the Ideal: The Painting of Ludwig Blum (Tel Aviv: Museum of the Jewish People, 2009).
  • References

    Ludwig Blum Wikipedia

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