Menachem Gueffen

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Menachem Gueffen
מנחם גפן
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Menachem Gueffen
Born(1930-03-19)19 March 1930
Died12 February 2016(2016-02-12) (aged 85)
(m. 1973; div. 1976)

Judy Hillman
(m. 1987)

Menachem Gueffen (19 March 1930 – 12 February 2016) was an Israeli painter.


Gueffen was born to Jewish parents from Poland in 1930 in the city of Haifa, then administered under the British Mandate, in what is now Israel. From 1949 to 1953 he studied at Bezalel Art School, Jerusalem; and during 1959–63 at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Gueffen works in large format, primarily in oils on canvas. His latest works are collages, oil and sack on natural canvas, jute or wood. He produces many drawings, and works essentially from sketches of models.[1] He has also illustrated certain books: Robinson Crusoe published by the Israeli publisher Amoved in the 1960s and he provided the illustrations for The World's Best Jewish Jokes by Ben Eliezer, published in 1984.[2]

From 1967–1988, Gueffen lived and worked in London,[3] in Europe and the United States. Gueffen's works are in private collections worldwide. His work appears in auctions in Europe and Israel.[4] The Museum of Natural History of New York commissioned a work of five paintings by Gueffen depicting the "Life and Cycle of Judaism".[citation needed] His works are predominantly of women and his style has been described as "figurative-expressionist".[5][better source needed] However, the impact of encountering Rembrandt's Night Watch was one which spanned some 20 years for Gueffen, and culminated in Dialogue with Rembrandt's Night Watch, a work of nine paintings. [1]

Gueffen is a listed artist in the Dictionnaire E. Benezit editions, 1976 and 1999 and the equivalent Italian dictionary, Commanducci. Benezit describes his work as expressionist-figurative.[citation needed]

Private life[edit]

Gueffen was married to Diana Rigg from 1973 to 1976. He married Judy Hillman in 1987[6] was based in France from 1991 until his death in 2016.


  1. ^ a b "". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
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  3. ^ IMJ Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ Gueffen, 1987 Marylebone Registry Office, West London.

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