The Art of Elias Friedensohn

Voyages: Jerusalem

The light was silvery and mournful in January, 1982 when Friedensohn made sketches for the Jerusalem paintings. Embracing the moody season, he rendered the souks and street life of the Old City in muted colors. Deep shadows reshaped the human form; blackness drained the world of life. Was this mystery, cloaking tensions between Jews and Arabs, between ancient traditions and modern ways, more than the traveler could understand?