The late Shimon Peres, former President and PM of Israel, was a dear friend to the Pichhadze family, and a great supporter of Jacob Pichhadze’s artistic and philanthropic work in Israel. Mr. Peres was the guest of honor in numerous exhibitions and fundraisers organized by Jacob Pichhadze. These pictures capture a few of those memorable moments. They are a tribute to Mr. Peres, one of Israel’s greatest leaders.
Title: Checkmate; Medium: Original Soft Pastel; Year: 1997; Size: 57x73cm
Article about Amir Pichhadze at the University of Michigan Law School: “Tax Student’s Research Grabs International Attention“
Article reviews Jacob Pichhadze’s fundraising art exhibition for the establishment, by B’nai-Brith, of centers for the elderly and youth. The exhibition was held at the Ramat-Gan Museum. Guest of honor was the Mayor of Ramat-Gan, Mr. Israel Peled. To read the full article, click here.
Natalia Nikitina interviewed the artist Jacob Pichhadze as well as Igor Kuchinsky, owner of Heritage Galerie International. Discussed are Jacob’s art, background and views. The interview was aired, in 1996, in the Canadian Russian TV station NEWCON TV.
Artist Jacob Pichhadze is known for, among other things, his portrayal of his vision of the “Jewish woman”. These images have been described by commentators as “Jewish Madonna” icons. “Ruth and Naomi – Reinvented”, an oil painting from 2004, is Pichhadze’s modernization of his classical motif.
The following are selected commentaries about Jacob’s depiction of the “Jewish woman” motif:
“In Israel he also introduced the ‘Jewish icon’. He had been obliged to paint icons (holy pictures) for churches in the Soviet Union. ‘There’s no reason why we can’t have Jewish icons,’ he insists. Working in pastels, he drew biblical women of mesmeric grace, tinting them in luminous tones. A portrait of Ruth and Naomi reflects the serenity of a true icon.” (Canadian Jewish News, Dec 9, 1993)
“The ‘pictures of women’ remind us of Madonnas or religious paintings – the same style, the same creative manner, except that the women are typical Georgian Jewish women, personifications of virtue and modesty. Jakow’s heroine doesn’t particularly demonstrate her femininity. She is dressed unpretentiously in the traditional dark clothes of the Georgian woman. She is reserved – the fire of her passions deeply buried.” (Israel Review, Aug 20, 1982)
“All of the paintings of Jacob Pichhadze are saturated with deep psychological content. In his “The Triad” which is executed in Pastel using a novel technique, each figure’s fantasy of future days to come is brought to life. In each of the figures’ faces and expressions, Pichhadze portrays the depth and wealth of their innermost thoughts and the painting becomes rather than a mere composition of female portraits, a depiction of both the body and soul of women, whom the artist revers to be the most wonderful creation of this world.” (Shalom Toronto, Feb 6, 2011)
“Every Jewish women – a Madonna” (Hadashot, Nov 22, 1984)
“The portraits of the Israeli artist receive their particular charm from the bright lush colors and the play with light and shadow contrasts. Characteristic for his paintings is the delicate precision and sharp transition between colors. His play with light and shadow has earned him the praise of as an ‘Israeli Rembrandt’” (Memminger Zaitung, Marz 13, 1982)
In her TV talk show “Together with Gila Yefet”, Gila conducted an interview of the internationally acclaimed artist Jacob Pichhadze. The interview discusses the artist’s background, views about art and life ethics, as well as future plans.
This soft pastel painting, painted by Amir Pichhadze in 1995, is titled “A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy”
In her review in the Canadian Jewish News (July 11, 1996), Miriam Chinsky described the meaning and significance of the painting as follows:
“A Commemoration of a Jewish Tragedy, displayed recently at a juried exhibition in the Leah Posluns Theater, is a searing probe into the death by gunfire of Israel’s late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin at the hands of a Jewish assassin – the enemy from within.
Seen in the aftermath of the murder, a grieving man crouches, head bowed, before Rabin’s flag-draped coffin with a broken Magen David representing unity gone awry. A portion of the flag is wrapped around the man’s legs and covers his feet. His hands are bloodied and behind him is a blood-spattered copy of Shir Lashalom (Song of Peace), which Rabin had at the moment he was killed. An obvious bullet hole is a reminder of the method of assassination.
The man is the Jewish People, torn by political and religious strife. He mourns the death, yet the infighting marks him as it does all those who cannot or will not come to peaceful terms with their differences.
The song sheet is colored in reverse, white lettering on a black background to accent the darkness of the act and its consequences. But one corner, curled forward, pristine white against the sky, signifies a glimmer of hope. Pichhadze’s youthful optimism?”
The painting has been featured and reviewed in a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including:
Fundraiser for: Ethiopian Refugees, at Residence of Israel’s Prime Minister Shimon Peres (1985, Israel)
Jacob Pichhadze participated in a group exhibition that raised funds to support the immigration of Ethiopian refugees to Israel. The exhibition was held at the official residence of the Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres (now the President of Israel).
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