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Raised in Lithuania, Kovarsky was educated in Paris and Palestine. The product of a religious family, he later moved to Safad, the ancient cradle of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, before settling in New York City in 1951. He entered the American post-war scene, where he was generally understood as an Israeli artist and included in the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art’s ‘Seven Painters of Israel’, which was billed as “the first full-scale manifestation of contemporary Israeli painting.” Shortly after a warm reception at the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art, Kovarsky was honored with a solo exhibit at the Jewish Museum. In his day, the renowned Poindexter Gallery in Manhattan represented him. This modernist figure study, produced circa 1950s, depicts a portrait of a long necked figure, rendered in the abstract Expressionist style. Markings include the artist's signature [Y. Kovarsky] to the bottom right corner of the canvas. The painting is in overall very good condition, consistent with age; giltwood frame comes included, some minor wear to corners.
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