In Apocalyptic Landscape, Steinhardt builds his composition from Cubist and Futurist inspired, sharp, angular lines and shapes, which express the the idea of apocalypse. This atmosphere is further enhanced by Steinhardt’s expressive brushwork. The thick paint and the evidence of the working tools reveal the artist’s agitated state. The landscape is almost deserted, with hints of ruins in dark, somber colors. The cloudy sky is tinged with flames of fire. This disturbing landscape is inhabited only by a ravaged tree trunk and two distorted bodies bathed in an eerie light. The elongated figures recall El Greco’s stylized figures, which Steinhardt had seen in Europe.
Publications: Kamien-Kazhdan, Adina (ed.), Modernism in Dialogue: 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010