1929 – <em>Les Fiancées</em>, Reuven Rubin

Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) met Esther, an American Jew who had won a prize to visit the Land of Israel and later to be his betrothed, while on a ship bound for Jaffa. In this oil painting in the Rubin Museum collection, the two sit on a balcony overlooking the new city of Tel Aviv. On one side, an airplane, symbol of modernity, is seen over Jaffa; on the other, a sheep sits with them on their balcony, symbolizing both purity and the village life of the past. Esther clutches a bouquet, and Rubin holds a new, clean palette with which to start their new life together. (Image copyright the Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv)