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SHALOM OF SAFED
Shalom of Safed
Shalom of Safed (Shalom Moscovitz, 1887-1980) was born in Safed, Palestine. Until 1948 he worked as a watchmaker, scribe, silversmith and stonemason in Safed. After his workshop was destroyed during the war of Independence (1948) he turned to making toys and painting. As a man of deep faith and strict Orthodox observance, his naïve pictures drew from biblical stories but also contained details from the history and daily life of his Safed region. He frequently combined precisely delineated, albeit two-dimensional figures presented in profile, into horizontal sequences in order to tell a whole tale. His brightly colored images with deep psychological impact made his work very popular during his lifetime.