Hananiah Harari

American, 1912 - 2000


Hananiah Harari was born in Rochester, NY in 1912 as Richard Falk Goldman. After a 1935 trip to Palestine, he changed his name to ’Hananiah Harari’…”A name better suited to an important artist”. Hananiah Harari became best recognized for his unique style of Modern painting that integrated the concepts of Cubism with Surrealism. He studied at the Syracuse University School of Art and later in Paris with André Lhote, Fernand Léger and Marcel Gromaire. In New York in 1936, Harari became a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. Harari regularly exhibited nationally at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 1943, he exhibited at the landmark “American Realists and Magic Realists” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the important traveling exhibition, “Abstract and Surrealist Art in the United States” organized by the San Francisco Art Museum. In addition to his success with Modern Abstraction, Harari painted portrait commissions for Portraits Inc. in New York, including such notable families as the Kennedy’s, Rockefeller’s, Mellon’s and DuPont’s. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, among others. Harari died in 2000 at the age of 88.

  • Harari 6576
    Rococo, 1942
    Oil on canvas
    38 x 30 inches

    Signed and dated Harari '42 lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6576
  • Harari 6569
    The Baroque Portal, ca. 1946
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 40 inches

    Titled on reverse.

    #6569
  • Harari 14756
    Classics Aloft, 1942
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 16 inches

    Signed and dated Harari ‘42, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #14756
  • Harari 492
    Perilous Sky, 1947
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 30 inches

    Signed Harari lower right; titled on reverse.

    #492
  • Harari 6571
    A Color Garden
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 38 inches

    Signed Harari lower right; signed and titled on reverse.

    #6571
  • Harari 221
    Baroque Vista, 1946
    Tempera, ink and wax crayon on artist board, in original frame
    17 x 20 inches

    Signed and dated Harari ‘46, upper right.

    #6770
  • Harari 6606
    The Baroque Portal, 1942
    Colored pencil, ink and collage on paper
    7 x 8 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 42 lower left; titled and dated on reverse.

    #6606
  • Harari 11122 ur
    Wings, 1947
    Ink, wash and crayon on paper
    4 x 5 inches

    Signed and dated Harari ‘47 lower left

    #11122
  • Harari 11123 ur
    Wings, 1947
    Ink, wash and crayon on paper
    4 x 5 inches

    Signed and dated Harari ‘47 lower right

    #11123
  • Harari 6603
    The Fruits of Order, 1942
    Gouache, ink and collage on paper
    6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 42, upper right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6603
  • Harari 6604
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1948
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    8 3/4 x 7 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 48, lower right.

    #6604
  • Harari 6581
    To the Wind, 1937
    Colored pencil and graphite on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 37 lower right.

    #6581
  • Harari 6582
    Signal Set Up, 1937
    Colored pencil on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 37 lower left.

    #6582
  • Harari 6584
    Overseas, 1940
    Graphite on paper
    5 x 7 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 40 upper right.

    #6584
  • Harari 6596
    The Military, 1937
    Ink and colored pencil on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 37 lower left; titled and dated on reverse.

    #6596
  • Harari 6597
    The Military, 1937
    Ink and colored pencil on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 37 upper left.

    #6597
  • Harari 6583
    Flash Watch, 1940
    Graphite on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 40 upper left.

    #6583
  • Harari 6586
    The Art Exhibit, 1949
    Ink on paper
    7 x 8 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 49, lower right; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6586
  • Harari 6599
    Untitled, 1938
    Charcoal on paper
    19 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 38 lower left.

    #6599
  • Harari 6587
    Untitled (Steam Engine), 1939
    Graphite on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 39 lower right.

    #6587
  • Harari 6588
    Untitled (Train Signals), 1939
    Graphite on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 39 lower right.

    #6588
  • Harari 6610
    Untitled , ca. 1945
    Ink on paper
    12 x 9 inches
    #6610
  • Harari 6612
    Airship & Boat Forms, 1942
    Graphite on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 42, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6612
  • Harari 6609
    Image Study, 1947
    Graphite on paper
    4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 47 lower right; titled lower left.

    #6609
  • Harari 6611
    Flighty Skies, 1947
    Graphite on paper
    5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 47 lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6611
  • Harari 6613
    Counterweights, 1948
    Graphite on paper
    5 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 48 lower right; titled and dated on reverse.

    #6613
  • Harari 6614
    Untitled (Ladder Forms), 1936
    Graphite on paper
    6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 36 lower left.

    #6614
  • Harari 6615
    Untitled (Figure Abstract), 1936
    Graphite on paper
    5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated H.H. 36 upper left.

    #6615
  • Harari 6616
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1937
    Graphite on paper
    8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 37, lower right.

    #6616
  • Harari 224
    The Way of Scrutiny, 1947
    Graphite on paper
    4 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 47 lower right; titled lower left.

    #224
  • Harari 223
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940s
    Graphite on paper
    12 x 9 inches

    Signed Harari lower right.

    #223
  • Harari 6605
    Laocoon, 1934
    Charcoal on paper
    8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 1934 upper left; titled on mat on reverse.

    #6605
  • Harari 6608
    Les trois graces, 1934
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 34 upper left; titled on reverse.

    #6608

Hananiah Harari was born in Rochester, NY in 1912 as Richard Falk Goldman. After a 1935 trip to Palestine, he changed his name to ’Hananiah Harari’…”A name better suited to an important artist”. Hananiah Harari became best recognized for his unique style of Modern painting that integrated the concepts of Cubism with Surrealism. He studied at the Syracuse University School of Art and later in Paris with André Lhote, Fernand Léger and Marcel Gromaire. In New York in 1936, Harari became a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. Harari regularly exhibited nationally at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 1943, he exhibited at the landmark “American Realists and Magic Realists” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the important traveling exhibition, “Abstract and Surrealist Art in the United States” organized by the San Francisco Art Museum. In addition to his success with Modern Abstraction, Harari painted portrait commissions for Portraits Inc. in New York, including such notable families as the Kennedy’s, Rockefeller’s, Mellon’s and DuPont’s. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, among others. Harari died in 2000 at the age of 88.

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