This is signed and dated 1969. Yona Lotan (1926-1998) Engineer and Painter. Yona Lotan was born in Lithuania. The family moved to Tel-Aviv, Palestine in 1936. He served as a high-ranking officer in the Israeli Army and fought in the War of Independence. 1959 Started painting, self-taught outsider artist. He always had the unquenchable desire to draw. His one-man shows in Israel and Geneva were so successful that he left the army, sold all his belongings and moved to Paris in 1960 in order to devote his life to painting. His art was vibrant and he became well known, not only in Europe, but also in the United States. In 1965 he won the coveted Prize of Foreign Painting given by the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. This painting is of the city and its crowds, human beings who love, dream and struggle: life that can never die. Retrospective Exhibition: 1997 Tel Aviv Museum. Work in the Pompidou Center in Paris. Along with Maryan, Avigdor Arikha, Mordechai Ardon and Yaacov Agam he was part of a group of Jewish Emigre artists who worked in Paris.
"Lotan's background and entrance into the world of art is, in a way, a storybook success story. Born is a Lithuanian village in 1926, he moved with his family to Tel-Aviv Israel at the age of ten. there, he enrolled in an engineering school of the Polytechnicum in Halifa but left school to fight in the War of Independence as an artillery officer in Jerusalem. Following the war, he returned to school and graduated asa civil engineer and worked in the army."