One-artist Exhibition at the Artists’ House, Haifa.
Haifa
1955

“In this, Bonneh’s second solo exhibition, the artist remains faithful to the primitive folk arts and to the elements of fine drawing and sensitive colour. … Bonneh is one the few who try, with all their might, to participate in the life of the Orient and of the countryside. His subjects are usually derived from the Galilee villages, most recently the Circassian village of Ruhaniyya. …The bull that is frequently present in Bonneh’s works symbolizes the life force; the large triangle is not a specific mountain, but a representative of nature’s hills and valleys. The wheel of fortune symbolizes time and the seasons on which the farmer depends; and the tree of life represents life itself. All the elements are integrated in a broad, generous composition intended to mirror our existence. … Bonneh’s symbolic-primitive style, his absorption in folk and Bible motifs, and his deep love of the nature of the land – all this assures us that we are looking the work of a painter who paves the way for an original Israeli style. We shall follow his progress with interest.”

 

Dr. Zeev Goldman “Haaretz” 12.2.1955

 

 

 

“Shmuel Bonneh exhibited in Neve Shaanan two years ago, and now we have his first exhibition in Haifa. Even at that time it was possible to recognize this young artist’s gifts. His paintings excel in their forceful momentum, in a vitality and sensitivity that justify our most glowing expectations.”

 

Dr. Claire Lachmann “Davar” 28.1.1955

 

 

Shmuel Bonneh, who is exhibiting his oils, gouaches, and drawing at the Artist Pavilion in Haifa, must typify many young Israel artists who will form the raw material of the future. He possesses a natural grasp of color – some of his harmonies are very good – and understanding of composition. Simultaneously, he has absorbed too much of reproductions: perhaps far more than he realizes: He starts off from fauvism which he often combines with an element of Persian settings. Other influences ancient and modern abound.

E. Harris, “The Jerusalem post”, 28.1.1955


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