In Jerusalem


Oil on linen, 5 panels

Variable dimensions

These five men may follow different faiths but they have the same expression of peaceful humility. What are they thinking about? Each of the five panels features the portrait of a religious leader. This oil on linen painting by Y.Z. Kami induces a state of quiet, contemplative meditation in the viewer.

The painting In Jerusalem fully displays Y.Z. Kami's sensitive skill in the art of portraiture, for which he became well known. The pose of the five figures, their gazes lost in meditation, is characteristic of the artist's work, where the influence of Sufi poetry and his philosophical training is clearly perceptible.

In Jerusalem, a painting by Y.Z. Kami in the Pinault Collection, was presented during the 2009 exhibition "Un certain état du monde ?" (“A Certain State of the World?”) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.