Woman on a chair signed 'Naton 55' (upper right) oil on canvas 73 x 60.5cm (28 3/4 x 23 13/16in).
PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Gamzu, Tel-Aviv Collection of Neta and Yaron Lavitz, Neve Yarak, Israel
LITERATURE: I. Hadar, Naton, A Retrospective, (Tel Aviv 2008), illustrated p. 94
Avraham Naton studied at the Bucharest Art Academy from 1930-35. After graduating from the Academy, Naton emigrated to Palestine where he worked as a lithographer, winning the Dizengoff prize in 1942. Naton's work simultaneously combines abstract cubism with figurative modes creating a strong sense of structure and tonality.
"It is worth recalling Naton's comment that a painter does not imitate nature, but rather competes with it, and that his art is born of the same origin and through the same process as any natural act of creation. Comments that involve the 'humanization' of nature through metaphors of conquest were familiar in the context of the modernist avant-garde movements, especially those affiliated with Constructivism. Acting out of a belief in progress and a commitment to social change, these movements formulated an essentialist approach to nature in order to discover its 'secrets' and to formulate them in terms of geometric abstraction."