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Israelis You Should Know: Reuven Rubin

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Name: Reuven Rubin

Life: November 13, 1893 - October 13, 1974

Known for: Rubin was a famous Israeli painter and was also Israel's first ambassador to Romania.

About him: Reuven Rubin was born in Romania to a Jewish family. He began painting at a young age, and when he was 19, he traveled to Jerusalem, Paris, and the United States to study art. In 1923, when he was 30 years old, he officially immigrated to what was then British Mandate Palestine (now the modern state of Israel).

In 1924, Rubin became the first artist to hold a solo exhibition at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, and he continued showcasing his work throughout Israel. His paintings are characterized by radiant colors and often features biblical landscapes.

In the 1930s, Rubin began designing backdrops for different theaters throughout Israel. In addition to his work as a painter, he also served as Israel's first ambassador to Romania from 1948-1950.

Rubin won the Dizengoff Prize in 1964 and the Israel Prize in 1973, and was the first Israeli artist to gain international recognition. After his death in 1974, his home in Tel Aviv was opened to the public to showcase his work. In 1983, the Rubin Museum was opened in his former home, which today is curated by his daughter-in-law, Carmela Rubin.

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