Ben-Zion (1897-1987) devoted his life to beauty in all its manifestations: from the visual, to the literary, to the musical. He threaded nature, still life, the human figure, the Hebrew Bible, and the Jewish people into his work. From his first one-man exhibition at the Artist’s Gallery in 1936 until his retrospective at the Jewish Museum in New York City in 1959, Ben-Zion was represented by major galleries and museums. He was a founding member of “The Ten,” a group of expressionist painters who positioned themselves against conservative and academic painting prevalent in pre-war New York. Despite being largely eclipsed by the rise of Abstract Expressionism and formalist criticism, Ben-Zion followed his own vision, working prolifically to create artistic works through ink, paint, wood and metals into his 90th year.

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