Naum's art was influenced by Michelangelo and Rodin, although his work “cannot be confined within any single trend or style.” (Glants, p.8) Aronson “used simple means to achieve simple results. No matter what materials he used, even those which are difficult to work with like black marble and ivory, he felt completely free and always liked to put the finishing touches to the work himself.” (Glants, p. 9) His sculpture depicts mainly Jewish biblical figures and different personalities such as Louis Pasteur, Tolstoy, Belinsky, Turgenev, Rasputin, Lenin, George Washington, Beethoven (the sculpture now in front of Beethoven’s home in Bonn), Chopin and Berlioz. As well as his sculptures in museums, his fountains can be found in the Place de la Concorde in Paris and in Gedesburg, a small German city.
Signature: Signed at the booton
The acquisition of Naum Aronson’s sculptures by The Petach Tikva Museum of Art is a fascinating episode: “The initiative was set in motion by David Tabachnik, Deputy Mayor of Petach Tikva late in 1952. During a trip to France on behalf of the Zionist Organization that year, Tabachnik arrived at a children’s home in the Andelys village,80 km. from Paris, where Jewish children, Holocaust orphans, were placed. Upon his arrival he noticed children throwing stones at some sculptures scattered around. After the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Nazis decided to confiscate a large portion of the treasures at the Louvre and transfer them to Germany. The sculptures were loaded on a train headed to Berlin, but the French engineers managed to prevent the transition of the artifacts by routing the train throughout France for 40 days. When the train finally stopped in one of the French villages, the artworks, including Aronson’s sculptures, were unloaded, clandestinely handed over to the French Resistance and subsequently transferred to the children’s home in Les Andelys. In Israel “his name is known and highly esteemed. Over a dozen of his works were donated by his widow to the Yad-Labanim Museum in the town of Petach-Tiqva.” (Glants, p. 10).
Patrick Weil Bertrand, 2010
Estate of William Jester, Springfield, Illinois.,