- Avigdor Arikha
- Nude on a Sheet
- Signed Arikha and dated 88 (lower right); dated again 25 II 88 (on the reverse)
- Oil on canvas
- 57 3/8 by 44 1/2 in.
- 147 by 113 cm
- Painted in 1988.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, around 1988
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In Duncan Thomas's monogram on the artist he compares the work to a painting by Lucien Freud, Standing by the Rags, from the same year. "Freud engages in an unremitting onslaught, where the layers of paint aim at the same plasticity as flesh itself; Arikha attempts, with an economy of means, to hold the evanescent luminosity of the model's flesh as something that is almost distinct from the substance that lies beneath the surface, although at the same time contributing to its realization. Few contemporary painters are equipped, either technically or psychologically, to paint from the model in either way." (Thomas, p. 182)