Legends of 5779, 2019

אגדות תשע״ט, 2019

Gouache over multimedia, on Claybord panel. 46 x 91.5 cm

The simple wooden recorder became a hero in the newly reborn Hebrew poetry and song.
The Wandering Jew was now romantically depicted as a shepherd in our homeland, guarding the herd with a shepherd’s flute, and often a book.

Before I ever heard the instrument played, I knew about it from children’s books from Israel.
For decades, most school children learned to play it (a little) and were invariably taught songs of that old “Hebrew” genre.

As the new country became modernized, the recorder remains a nostalgic expression of that earlier romance. It still symbolizes the pioneering spirit, and the naive simplicity of walking the footpaths of the “Land of Israel.”

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