Rubin’s reputation today and during most of his career has relied primarily on his success in Palestine during the 1920s. But by the time of his immigration he was already an artist with some international experience. Unfortunately only a handful of his pre-Palestine works survive and information available about his activity prior to settlement is sometimes lacking or confusing. Nonetheless, it was during this period that Rubin absorbed significant influences and formed his views on art and on the artist’s role.