Mordecai Ardon – Artwork & Bio of the Israeli Painter

Mordecai Ardon was an Israeli painter born on 13 July 1896 in Tuchow, Galicia. After the end of the First World War, Ardon decided to relocate to Paris but only made it to Berlin, where he enrolled at the Weimar Bauhaus and studied under Paul Klee, Johannes Itten, Lyonel Feininger, and Wassily Kandinsky. In 1933, Ardon fled Europe for Palestine.

Ardon settled in Jerusalem and started working as a teacher at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in 1935. He became the school’s director in 1940 and held the position for twelve years. In 1952, Ardon became an artistic advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture, serving till 1963. He kept painting and influencing the style of younger artists.

Ardon exhibited his works widely in Amsterdam, New York, and the Venice Biennale in Italy. During his later years, Ardon also experimented with different mediums, one of which produced the Ardon Windows series displayed in the National Library of Israel.  After a decorated career in which he won multiple honors and awards, Ardon died on 18 June 1992.

What was Mordecai Ardon Known For?

Mordecai Ardon was known for painting Israeli landscapes, war subjects, and Jewish myths. Ardon frequently infused a sense of mystery and the metaphysical in his artworks. This feature is evident in the depiction of his subjects. Asides from painting, Ardon is renowned for his incredible work in developing art culture in Israel through instruction and ambassador duties.

Who was Mordecai Ardon Influenced By?

Ardon was influenced by the Kabbalah – Jewish mysticism. Throughout his career, Mordecai painted subjects revolving around Jewish mythology, combining mystical elements with contemporary art methods. The influence of Paul Klee and Rembrandt is also evident in Ardon’s works.

What Art Movement was Mordecai Ardon Associated With?

Mordecai Ardon was associated with the Surrealism art movement.

Mordecai Ardon Artwork

Below are some of the artworks of Mordecai Ardon



For the Fallen – Left-hand panel: The Traps



For the Fallen – Right-hand panel: The Unborn



For the Fallen (Triptych)



La Grand Poupee



La Rosette pour Rikuda



Last Curtain Call of the Palettes



Leaf with Cross









Spring of the Vineyard






Testament of a Dead Leaf

To the Morning Star


Ardon Windows



At the Gates of Jerusalem Triptych (from right to left). Rock, Ladders, Sign



For the Fallen – Center panel: The House of Cards



The Fish and the Moon

All Mordecai Ardon Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
For the Fallen 1955-56 Oil on Canvas
Tammuz 1962 Oil on Canvas
Ein Karem 1944 Oil on Canvas
To the Morning Star 1968 Oil on Canvas
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