Lot #21375

A Figure Inside Out By Paul Kor

estimate: $800 - $1200

starting price: $500

closing price: $560

Description: Signed on upper left corner
technique: Oil and cardboard on canvas
description: Signed on upper left corner
Dimension: 74 x 90 cm
condition: Good

Paul Kor (Kornowski), 1926-21, Painter and Author. Born in France in 1926. Immigrated to Israel in 1948. Studies: 1974 Art schools, Switzerland, Paris. Prizes: 1974 Paris, for Children's Book; 1991 Nahum Gutman Prize; 1992 Ben Yitzhak Prize for excellent children’s book illustrations; 1993 Israel Design Association Prize. Soon after he arrived to Israel Paul Kor gained a reputation as an important, sought-after graphic artist. For a while he was a partner in the Tag sign company, for which he prepared sketches for various billboards and was also a partner in a big office for exhibition and graphic design, Grundman-Zak-Kor. From 1956 he worked at the studio he bought on Yavne Street, Tel Aviv, which had since become his second home. During those years he designed tourism posters and placards for Israel’s holidays and Purim parades, as well as books and series of stamps and banknotes. In 1966 Paul went to Paris, where he was appointed art director of the reputed advertising agency Publicis. In 1968 he returned to Israel. He was appointed art director at the advertising company Shaham-Levinson-Ayalon, until 197. In 1973, at the age of 48, he decided to devote himself exclusively to painting. In his paintings he did not try to relate to Israeli reality, but rather to create a magical world with inner rules of its own, akin to a “no-place in a no-time”. The figures he created were bald and ear-less. At the outset of his painting career they were characterized by large heads and small organs and were dressed in pastel-colored striped fabrics. Two of Paul Kor’s monotypes are included in the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and he staged numerous exhibitions, mainly at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Tel Aviv. The poet Nathan Zach described Kor’s work: “If there indeed is a quality representation in Israel for fantastic realism in art, Paul Kor is undoubtedly its most faithful agent.” Paul Kor is considered one of the most admired Israeli children’s authors of all times. His last solo exhibition, “Almost Black”, was held at the Bar-David Museum in Kibbutz Bar’am in 2. In 21, at the age of seventy-four, Paul Kornowski died in Tel Aviv after a severe illness.