Yehezkel Streichman (1906-93) emigrated to Palestine from Kovno, Lithuania in 1924 and studied at Bezalel, followed by time in Paris and Florence, before returning to Eretz Israel where he joined Kibbutz Ashdot. Streichman’s abstract style is innovative, characterized by fierce brush strokes and dark colors. One can detect the French influence of Picasso’s geometry and Matisse’s color palette in his style of lyrical abstraction. The present work is a portrait of Streichman’s muse, his wife Cilla, who appears in many of his portraits. <<Provenance: >>Acquired from the Hillel Gallery, Jerusalem, 1979. <<Exhibited: >>The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1974. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1975. The Jewish Museum, New York, Artists of Israel 1920-1980, 1981. The Jewish Museum, New York, The Batkin Collection of Israeli Art, 1985. Catalogue p. 27.