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Avigdor Arikha

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  • Avigdor Arikha
  • Oil Paints, Paris
  • signed Arikha and dated 99 (lower left); dated 28.III.99 (on the reverse)
  • oil on canvas
  • 18 by 15 in.
  • 45.7 by 38.1 cm
  • Painted in 1999.


Private Collection, Europe

Catalogue Note

From the mid 1960’s, Arikha gave up abstract painting in favor of painting directly from life. He executed each work in front of the subject and always completed it in one sitting. Called “one of the best painters from life in the last decades of the 20th century,” (The Economist, Avigdor Arikha, 13 May 2010) “Arikha was intent on conveying, through the quivering presence of each brush-stroke, a palpably physical sensation of stillness and the comforting warmth of light.” (David Britt, ed., Modern Art: Impressionism to Post-Modernism, 1989, p. 390). His deliberate use of time, subject and treatment “brings haunting moments of insight and… gives the object an understated and suggestive dignity.” (Charles Jencks, Post-Modernism: The New Classicism in Art and Architecture, 1987, p. 154). Arikha’s subjects – whether self-portraits, intimate interiors of his Paris flat, or still lives of objects as mundane as the Blue Bottle – reveal a deep reverence for the physical world without unnecessary embellishment.