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Horse. M.Gueffen Bronze


Woman with a  Brown Coat 146cm x 114cmGueffen

Gueffen is an artist true to his path. This is a painting from 2000 – oil on canvas. A typical composition of the artist. A woman being the pretext for the painting, but the work is not about a woman, it is about form, about the relationship between form and space. 

Girl in a Blue Dress

Collage: oil & sack on raw canvasA Nude

Nude lying on the grassHaving

Dialogue with Rembrandt’s Night Watch, was a special project born of a particular relationship with a particular painting by Rembrandt, shown in part on the blog. Here now are some works which are typical of Gueffen’s universe: abstract, figurative forms.  This collage work is the most recent expression of that form, using oil and sack on raw canvas, which unite to create the distinctive strength of composition of these works.


“In the past twenty five years I noticed a new phenomena appearing on the art scene, I call it: ‘ACADEMIC AVANT-GARDISM’. M. Gueffen.

“Art is the Western mans answer to death. With the colours he expresses emotions and with the line he creates the composition in an effort to achieve eternity.” M. Gueffen.

“Art is a metamorphosis. In painting this metamorphosis happens when the brush, loaded with paint, is layed on the surface” M.Gueffen.

Extracts from ‘Few Notes’. A notebook of original thoughts by Menachem Gueffen. Observations on art today and other thoughts.

Commissioned by Museum of Natural History, New York – paintings depicting the cycle of life of Judaism.

Menachem Gueffen, born, haifa, israel, studied at Betzalel Art School, Jerusalem then Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. Since,  lived and worked primarily in Europe. Universe  is figurative -expressionist. Works predominantly of women. Mostly oil on canvas and latterly collages of oil and sack on jute. Works in collections worldwide, notably USA, UK, Israel, Italy, France – many one man  shows.