The Nation without Art: Examining Modern Discourses on Jewish Art

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CHAPTER TWO
The Nation with Art?
Bezalel in Palestine

A perfected Jewish art, like a perfected Jewish culture in general, will be possible only in a Jewish land. Martin Buber in Die jiidische Rcwegung: Gesammelte Aufsatze und Ansprachen

On top of the stone was the figure of Bezalel, the son of Uri, leaning up against his divine work, the holy arc [sic], the shrine which he made for the tablets; with eyes full of love he looked as though he was waiting for [the people]- No names of any particular artists there were. It was a collective work, created by the genius of the Jewish people. Boris Schatz in Digeboyte Yrusholem

One art school is more important than a hundred settlements. Ahad Ha-am in “Tehyat Ha-Ru'ah”

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