Michael Gross (artist)

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Michael Gross
Known forpainter, sculptor
MovementIsraeli art

Michael Gross (Hebrew: מיכאל גרוס‎; 1920 – 4 November 2004) was an Israeli painter, sculptor and conceptual artist.


Michael Gross was born in Tiberias in the British-administered Palestine in 1920. He grew up in the farming village of Migdal. In 1939-1940, he left to study at the Teachers’ Training College in Jerusalem. In 1939, while he was away, his father was murdered by Arabs, and the family farm and home were destroyed. This event impacted on his work as an artist.[1]

From 1943 to 1945, he studied architecture at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. From 1951 to 1954, he studied art at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He returned to Israel in 1954 and settled in the artists’ village of Ein Hod.

Artistic style[edit]

Gross's works are imbued with the light and spirit. They are minimalist, but never pure abstraction, always tied to natural form and laden with feeling.[2] In his early paintings, Gross simplified form in order to concentrate on proportion, broad areas of color, and the size and placement of each element. This reductive process was also notable in his sculptures, whether in painted iron or other materials such as white concrete. In later paintings, he often juxtaposed large off-white panels with patches of tone, adding textured materials such as wooden beams, burlap and rope. Gross’s rough, freely-brushed surfaces, along with the use of soft pastel coloring, conjure up images of the Israeli landscape.[3]



  • 1936-1940 Teachers Seminary, Jerusalem
  • 1943-1945, Technion, Haifa, architecture, studied sculpture with Moshe Ziffer.
  • 1951-1954 Beaux Arts, Paris with Michel Gimond



Outdoor and public art[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Gross
  2. ^ Ein Hod, Israeli Prize winners
  3. ^ Artfact: Michael Gross
  4. ^ a b c d e Israel Art Index
  5. ^ "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17.
  6. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Recipient's C.V."
  7. ^ "*Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) – Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient".

Further reading[edit]

  • Michael Gross, Paintings and Sculpture, Haifa, Haifa Museum, 1964
  • Michael Gross, Outdoor and Indoor Works, 1976-77, Jerusalem, Israel Museum, 1977
  • Michael Gross, Recent Works , Jerusalem, Israel Museum, 2002, ISBN 965-278-297-1
  • Omer, Mordechai, Michael Gross, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1993
  • Dorit Kedar, "A fine balance: Michael Gross and Micha Ulman" In Art In Israel Autumn 1989, Vol. 1, Number 3, Pg. 28-31.

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