Arieh (Leo) Lubin was born in 1897 in the United States. He began studying art in Chicago in 1915 but with the outbreak of the First World War, he stopped to join the Jewish Brigade. Following the war, he studied in Europe, returning to Israel in 1922. In some of his works, Lubin reflects contemporary trends of the 1920s such as the Cubism of Derain and the Purism of Le Corbusier and Ozenfant. These and other influences he absorbed through the pages of LíEsprit Nouveau (the new spirit), a journal he ordered from Paris. In that era, Israel was a country virtually isolated from the centers of culture and information. The striving of the Eretz Israel artists of the 1920s to draw on international sources was unique.