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Avigdor Arikha, Self-Portrait in the Studio, 2001, oil on canvas, 18 x 15".

Avigdor Arikha

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Avigdor Arikha, Self-Portrait in the Studio, 2001, oil on canvas, 18 x 15".

Avigdor Arikha passed away on April 29, 2010, at the age of eighty-one. Born in Romania, he survived the Holocaust and was brought to Palestine by the Red Cross in 1944. After three years of study at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem and a near-fatal stint in the War of Independence of 1948, he won a scholarship to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Though he spent most of his artistic life in France, he is lauded as a titan of twentieth-century Israeli art.

This two-part exhibition, “Homage to Avigdor Arikha: Self-Portraits/ Illustrations to ‘A Stray Dog’ By S. Y. Agnon,” recalled Arikha’s formal beginnings as an illustrator and his lifelong preoccupation with self-portraiture. The first section, organized with the artist before his death, foregrounds his collaboration with one of the leading figures in modern Hebrew literature. Between 1953

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