When my husband was younger, his family traveled a lot. One trip they were fortunate enough to make was to Israel. Tonight as I was digging through some items from storage, I found this rolled up in an unfamiliar tube:
It is signed by Jossi Stern, a very famous Israeli street artist. My husband vaguely remembers being in Jerusalem and his family meeting a man drawing outside. The only thing wrong with it is that is looks like it was rolled and most likely stuffed into a suitcase, as it has creases across it at even intervals, typical of when a roll is flattened.
Jossi (or Yossi) Stern (1923-1992)
Jossi (Joseph) Stern was born far from his present world, in the Bakon Hills of Hungary, in 1923. He was already drawing when at the age of ten he moved with his family to Budapest. When Hitler's bestial horror with its promise of death sounded in 1939, the young artist made for Palestine in an old ship, only to be declared an illegal immigrant and sent to a prison camp for six months. In 1943, there were those who saw his talent and he was enrolled in the Bezalel school of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem. Outstanding as a student, he became a teacher of Graphic Arts there. Stern is recognized in Israel as one of its most delightful artists. His drawings are exhibited and appear in many publications. They are the man and his world. Their grace and charm show that he has understood Gustave Flaubert's remark: "If your work of art is good, if it is true, it will find its echo and make its place."
Jossi Stern's Jerusalem
"Jossi Stern Jerusalem" on Google Images
notice how the signature also says "Chagall"....perhaps THE Marc Chagall (1887-1985), who is probably the most prominent Jewish artist known.
Is this possibly Stern doing a tribute to Chagall in this sketch? Or was he doing a sketch OF Chagall?? If you look at Chagall's work, and our sketch, there is a similarity, especially if you look at a piece like 'The Blue Violin'.
what do you all think?
we are going to actually take it to the big art museum here in ft. lauderdale and see if we can't find out more. this is becomming a fun little mystery and we might (hopefully) have come across something very special here! i will keep this updated as we dig deeper...
UPDATE ALREADY: in the time it took to compose this, we already received an email reply from the Blue and White Art Gallery in Jerusalem, interested in the piece. so we will send photos and info and they're going to appraise it for us. O_O
THIS IS SO NEAT!!!! even if it turns out to be worth nothing, it is still fun to find something like this in your stuff!