Dov Feigin in a pottery class (Ein Hod, 1956)
|Notable work(s)||Animal, 1958|
|Movement||Ofakim Hadasim ("New Horizons")|
Dov Feigin was born in 1907 in Luhansk, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. His father was a tailor. Feigin attended public Ukraine school as well as a Talmud Torah school. In 1920, Feigin's family moved to Gomel, where he became a member of the Socialist-Zionist movement Hashomer Hatzair. In 1924, he was arrested and imprisoned for three years. In 1927, after his release, he emigrated to the Mandate Palestine and was one of the founding members of the Afikim Kibbutz.
In 1933, Feigin was accepted to the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, France, where he studied as a traditional sculptor. His works from that period were mostly traditional statues in stone. In 1937, Feigin returned to Tel Aviv.
In 1948, he joined an artistic group called “Ofakim Hadasim” (Hebrew for - “New Horizons”) founded earlier that year by Yosef Zarizky. The group was heavily inspired by the European Modern Art Movement.
In 1956, influenced by this group, Feigins work transformed to be more abstract . He began to use metal (iron) in constructing his sculptures. Like many of the “New Horizons” artists (like Yitzhak Danziger), his works were influenced by the Israeli Canaanites movement. Works like 1956’s "Bird" and “Alomot” (he: אלומות - "stalk of wheat") or 1957’s “Ladderes” present a liniar abstract structure.
In 1948 and 1962, he attended the Venice Biennale.
- In 1946, Feigin was a co-recipient of the Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture.
- Sandberg Prize recipient
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