Lot 9
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Avigdor Arikha

3,000 - 5,000 USD
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  • Avigdor Arikha
  • Blue Bottle
  • signed Arikha and dated 75 (lower center)
  • watercolor on paper
  • 14 1/8 by 10 in.
  • 35.6 by 25.4 cm
  • Executed in 1975.


Marlborough Galleries, New York
Collection Eugene Istomin (acquired in the late 1970s)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, May 4, 2005, lot 209
Acquired at the above sale

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.