David Ma’aravi is best known for his children’s songs; composed and made popular in the first half of the 20th century. Just as Israel was born and entering its childhood years, Ma’aravi’s music encompassed the innocence and nostalgia of the era. But his artistry does not end with music; he was also a skilled painter and one of the early graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Fans of Ma’aravi’s music will enjoy seeing a new side of the composer, and those who never knew his music will enjoy discovering the man whose art captures a time of childlike innocence and wonder in Israel. The exhibit, entitled “Shirat Hanoar” (Song of the Youth), is currently open at the Nacham Gutman Museum in Neve Tzedek. Nurit Tal Tenne, the exhibit’s curator, talks to The Jerusalem Post.