(b. 1933, Cachan, France; immigrated to Israel, 1969; lives and works in Jerusalem and Paris)
The late art scholar Meir Agassi used to say that great artists are always a one-man school. This saying perfectly describes the French-born Liliane Klapisch, who entered Israeli art in the early 1970s, and created a unique poetry all her own: figurative painting in which each stain functions as an autonomous, abstract entity. The measured expressivity, the bold yet restrained expression, lent the paintings high credibility, making Klapisch a "painters' painter". Her contribution to Israeli painting, which lies in the introduction of a non-machoistic, neither turbid nor impervious vein of painting that always transpires on the threshold of the abstract, is evident in the high esteem she enjoys. In 2018, a solo exhibition of her work was staged at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.