About the artist

Ismar David and his drawings
↑The 1932 Jewish National Fund Golden Book.←Ismar with some of his sketches.

He was a poor student and at the age of 13, left school to become an apprentice to a house painter. Four arduous years later, he entered Berlin’s St├Ądtische Kunstgewerbe- und Handwerkerschule, Charlottenberg. Originally planning to be a portrait painter, he discovered an aptitude for decorative arts and became what he termed an applied artist. As he finished his studies, Ismar won a competition to design the cover of a commemorative book for the Jewish National Fund in then Palestine. When they asked for his advice, he offered to travel to Jerusalem.

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