Art Brokerage: Reuven Rubin (1893 - 1974) was a Romanian-born Israeli painter and Israel's first diplomatic representative in rank of plenipotentiary minister to Romania. He was born in Galaţi, and later travelled to New York City, where he met artist Alfred Stieglitz, who was instrumental in organizing Rubin's first American show at the Anderson Gallery. Following the exhibition, in 1922, he returned to Europe. In 1923, Rubin emigrated to Palestine. In Palestine, he became one of the founders of the new Eretz-Yisrael style. Recurring themes in his work were the biblical landscape. Rubin might have been influenced by the work of Henri Rousseau whose style combined with Eastern nuances, as well as with the neo-Byzantine art to which Rubin had been exposed in his native Romania. In accordance with his integrative style, he signed his works with his first name in Hebrew and his surname in Roman letters.
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