White Scaffolding, 1956-1958

Oil on Wood

77.5 cm (H) x 40.6 cm (W)

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

An example of Etrog’s early wood constructions, this piece shows his interest in geometric abstraction and cubism coupled with his quest for innovation. Only in his mid-twenties, Etrog came up with this unique style inspired by the lessons of the artists and composers he admired and in celebration of the changing landscape of his new adoptive country of Israel.

 

This piece also holds historical significance, as it was the first piece that was purchased by the famed art collector Samuel J. Zacks who, together with his wife Ayala Zacks, became Etrog’s great patrons.

White Scaffolding, 1956-1958