Gabriel Cohen was born in Paris to parents of Syrian and Iraqi origin. Having survived the German occupation of France in hiding, the family moved to Israel in 1949. He was a self-taught, naïve artist who worked as itinerant mason, garbage collector and caretaker. After being “discovered” and provided a one-man show in 1973, he supported himself with his art. This lithograph is a totally imaginary landscape of Jerusalem during the Hasmonean period of 3rd to 1st century BCE. The buildings inspired by structures still standing today are piled one atop the other to form a colorful mass of color below an unbelievably blue sky. The print, pencil signed and numbered in the lower margin is in pristine condition and comes in an acid free mat.
image height – approx. 21”, image width – approx. 28 1/2”