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Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Istorijos Muziejus


Part of Yehoshua Kovarsky's collection of paintings has been restored

Published: 2020-11-30

 This year the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History, when carrying out its main mission of preserving the exhibits for future generations, restored four works from Yehoshua Kovarsky's collection of paintings: Untitled (oil on canvas, 127.5 x 107.2 cm), Green Leaf (oil on canvas, 127 x 101.5 cm), Pagan (oil on canvas, 106.5 x 114 cm), and Man is Lonely (oil on canvas, 101.5 x 76.2 cm).

 In 2019, David Finkelstein and Sandy and Gilad Ben-Artzi, relatives of Yehoshua Kovarsky's wife Corinne Chohem from the USA, donated 29 large-format oil paintings by the artist to the museum.

 Yehoshua Kovarsky (1907, Vilnius – 1967, Los Angeles) went to Palestine when he was seventeen, studied at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, worked as a scenographer at the Tel Aviv Hebrew Theatre and even dreamed of becoming an actor. He returned to Vilnius in 1928, later travelled between France and Palestine. After the founding of the state of Israel, he settled in the city of Tzfat, where a colony of artists was forming at that time, and in 1951 he and his wife emigrated to the United States. In his paintings Kovarsky revives ancient and Scandinavian myths, tells African and Mexican legends and Bible stories.Many of the paintings donated by Kovarsky require restoration. The Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History is gradually restoring the donated works by this Lithuanian Jewish artist.

 The restoration of these four paintings by Yehoshua Kovarsky was financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

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