Israeli artist Hagit Shahal is this week’s guest blogger for the Artist as Collector series.

Woman in Studio
Oil on masonite
46 x 33 cm, 18″ x 13″
In April 2010 I had an exhibition at Stern Gallery in Tel Aviv in which I was forming a dialogue with chosen classic paintings form the gallery collection.
One of the paintings was a beautiful small piece of Mane Katz, a known Jewish artist. This painting inspired me to create a work of my own as a dialogue. The two works hung together in the gallery– they looked so belonging to each other.

At the end of the exhibition, Monday noon time, after taking my work back to my studio, I came home, and my husband came towards me and handed me Mane Katz’s painting…
“these paintings had to stay together, so I had to buy it”

Hagit Shahal is a painter and printmaker living and working in Tel Aviv.

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