THE RABBI IN BLUE AND
We are offering for the very first time, a select group of
major monumental-sized Roussimoff works dating back to the
1970's. These extraordinary works have in the past been
featured in some of the artist's most important art gallery
exhibitions. The dynamic "THE RABBI IN BLUE AND GOLD" is a
Genuine Signed and Dated (1976) Ari Roussimoff Oil on Canvas
Painting, measuring a very large 29 x 60 inches. The perfect
centerpiece for a great collection! This highly expressive
representation of a Miracle Working Hassidic Rabbi was
inspired by the legends surrounding the great Rabbi Baal Shem
Tov, who was the Ukranian born founder of the Hassidic
movement. "THE RABBI IN BLUE AND GOLD" depicts a traditional
old-world "Rebbe" (Hassidic spiritual leader), attired in the
traditional high Fur Hat known as a Spodik. This manner of
dress was representative of most Eastern European Rabbis, as
well as the regular folk. The "Spodik" hat, was frequently
worn by Rabbis of both the Hassidic and the Misnaggid groups.
Although today, many traditional Rabbis and a few Hassidic
groups still wear this hat, it has generally been replaced by
the more frequently seen "Shtreiml" (a low fur hat comprised
of 13 tails). Back in the Shtetls (small Jewish towns of
Eastern Europe), Villages and Cities of the Old Country, many
of the Rabbis wore this distinguished looking higher fur hat.
In the Jewish history of that part of the world, there were
many amazing miracles attributed to various Spiritual Masters.
In this particular work, the artist shows us the wise and most
learned town Rabbi, a great humanitarian, whose dedication to
helping the community is manifested in the deep soulful
expression of his eyes. This is a man of great wisdom and
love, he is close to nature and to all that is Holy. This
Genuine Sparkling Gem of a painting will take the viewer back
into space and time. The colouring of this painting is highly
expressive, yet it is very sensitive and poetic. The colours
can be described as having a true mystical feeling to them.
This work is a Wonderful Evocation of a World Which Still
Lives On in Our Hearts and Memories. A REAL MAJESTIC WORK OF
Art critic Will Grant writes in ArtSpeak Magazine, "Ari
Roussimoff...depicts in high color and folk with intellectual
art, the passionate life and people in small Jewish villages
in Russia. There is great richness here, a heritage only begun
to be revealed by Marc Chagall and to be better understood by
seeing also the many oils (by Roussimoff) at Eduard Nakhamkin
Fine Arts Gallery..."
"THE RABBI IN BLUE AND GOLD"
Oil on Canvas by Ari Roussimoff