Alte Zachen - “Old Things” By Yoni Zohar

Alte Zachen - “Old Things” By Yoni Zohar

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This painting captures a relic of the Israeli landscape that, while intimately familiar to generations of Tel Avivians, will soon vanish from the world. Alte Zachen, the cry of peddlers that has echoed through Tel Aviv’s streets for the past century calling for people to bring out the things they no longer need, instantly evokes the sound of horse-hooves on the pavement and the wheels of a cart roaming the streets; a local relic of life in the city.

Materials: Oil on canvas. Unframed.
Dimensions: 9.8/11.8 in

Alte Zachen” is the cry that has echoed through Tel Aviv’s streets since the city’s establishment at the beginning of the 20th century: Arab peddlers steering their horse-driven carts down the unpaved streets, yelling in Yiddish for the city’s residents to bring out their old furniture, stoves, clothes, and appliances. The tradition, imported to the new state by immigrants from eastern Europe and adopted by the Arab locals, exists to this day. While most peddlers have traded their horse-and-cart for a diesel engine and their hoarse voices for a recording and a loudspeaker, old-style “alte-zachens”, as they have come to be called, can still be found roaming the streets. The painting captures this relic from a past that is on the verge of disappearing, a symbol of an Israeli landscape that, while intimately familiar to generations of Tel Avivians, will no doubt soon vanish from the world. The horse-driven cart is seen lazily passing by the artist-observer, who captures this fleeting moment of history.

 

Yoni Zohar

A figurative painter working predominantly with oils and charcoal, Yoni Zohar’s work focuses on people-scapes, capturing impressions of Israel's dynamic urban landscapes and daily life. His paintings convey the rhythm of Israel’s bustling and chaotic streets, suggesting that while the instant portrayed in the work is suspended in time, reality outside the canvas carries on.
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