Jerusalem: Safrai Gallery, 1989. Limited edition. Hardcover. 141/240, numbered and signed in pencil by Abecassis on each serigraph (17 1/4 x 12 1/4" on 22 x 15 1/4" handmade paper). 9 double pages, including title page, holding eight original serigraphs, housed in original blue cloth portfolio with gilt lettering on cover.
Abecassis rendering of the Song of Songs, a conversation of two lovers, and in Jewish tradition held as an allegory of the bond between god and the Jewish people, is an exquisite example of artistic Biblical interpretation. Divided into the traditional eight chapters with printed b/w illustrations accompanying each text page, the serigraphs feature bold colors and forms presented in a generous color palette with no fewer than twelve colors and overprinted in gold. Serigraphs uncut at top. Portfolio with light wear and rubbing, minor smudge on title page, else in fine condition. vg+ to fine. Item #45532
Raphael Abecassis, born in 1953 in Morocco, immigrated to Israel as a young child. He attended the Beer Sheva College of Education. Many of his works recount Biblical stories in a colorful, refreshing way. He was awarded prizes for an Independence Day poster in 1986, a Ministry of Education Award for his "Psalms of David," as well as the illumination of President Chaim Herzog's speech at the Western Wall commemorating Israel's 40th birthday.