This Romanian-born Jewish artist had strong ties to his people and his religion. These ties were frequently reflected in his art, and he often used Bible passages as subject matter for his work. The Negev is a desert region in southern Israel that is referred to in Numbers 13:22.
Rubin served as Israel’s first ambassador to Romania, from 1948-1950. He is considered one of the most famous Israeli artists, with work in collections of museums worldwide. The Rubin Museum in Tel Aviv is housed in the artist’s former home.