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.

  • Rococo, 1942
    Oil on canvas
    38 x 30 inches

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

    #6576
  • Perilous Sky, 1947
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 30 inches

    Signed Harari lower right; titled on reverse.

    #492
  • Classics Aloft, 1942
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 16 inches

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

    #14756
  • 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
  • Wings, 1947
    Ink, wash and crayon on paper
    4 x 5 inches

    Signed and dated Harari ‘47 lower left

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

    Signed and dated Harari ‘47 lower right

    #11123
  • 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
  • Untitled (Abstraction), 1948
    Watercolor and pastel on paper
    8 3/4 x 7 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 48, lower right.

    #6604
  • 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
  • Signal Set Up, 1937
    Colored pencil on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 37 lower left.

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

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

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

    Signed and dated Harari 37 upper left.

    #6597
  • 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
  • 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
  • Untitled, 1938
    Charcoal on paper
    19 x 25 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 38 lower left.

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

    Signed and dated Harari 39 lower right.

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

    Signed and dated Harari 39 lower right.

    #6588
  • Untitled , ca. 1945
    Ink on paper
    12 x 9 inches
    #6610
  • 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
  • Image Study, 1947
    Graphite on paper
    4 x 6 1/2 inches

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

    #6609
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sky Traffic, 1947
    Graphite on paper
    6 1/4 x 5 inches

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

    #6621
  • 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
  • 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
  • Man and Sky, 1947
    Ink and colored pencil on paper
    9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

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

    #6617
  • Magnetic Prisms, 1948
    Graphite on paper
    6 1/2 x 8 inches

    Signed and dated Harari 48, lower left; signed, titled and dated on reverse.

    #6601
  • 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
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1940s
    Graphite on paper
    12 x 9 inches

    Signed Harari, lower right.

    #223
  • 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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