Artist of the moment…..Avigdor Arikha

A tribute to the artist done in 2010 covering his life’s work in the art world.

A great collection of the artist’s work set to music.

This artist passed away in 2010, but I still enjoy her line quality and painting of folds in fabric.

Arikha was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1929 to Jewish parents that spoke German. He was born in Romania. He nearly escaped death at a young age as many people were killed, such as the artist’s father, at concentration camps run by Romanians.

He moved to Palestine in 1944 and was injured in the Israeli War of Independence. Studied art in Jerusalem and even Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.  In France he learned how to use fresco in his design. This involves the art of painting watercolor on wet plaster or ceiling.

In 1954 the artist decided to relocated to Paris, France.In 1961 the artist married the poet from America, Anne Atik.  He spent the remainder of his life living in Paris. He passed away in 2010 from complications due to cancer.

In the art world during the 1950s he became mainly an abstract painter. In later years the artist took up drawing and painting from life and eventually made a style for himself doing only subjects which he could finish painting or printing in one season. He loved to draw and paint directly from life using only natural light. An alla prima painter who didn’t like to spend more than one sitting working on a painting.

Arikia illustrated some books for the theater writer and producer Samuel Beckett.

The artist was commissioned for many portraits. Some famous public commissions include Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The artist was also well schooled in the history of art and curated a show that dealt with French artist Ingres. He has given lectures on art history at Yale University, Princeton University, and the Prado Musuem in Madrid, Spain.

Like so many artists from his time period she worked in many mediums including graphite, gouache, engraving,  charcoal, watercolor, pastel, oils, lithographs, ink, etching, and aquatint.

Low price range: Charcoal originals start close to $5,000. Etchings for $1,000. Drawings can be found in the couple hundred dollar range. Pastels from $1,000 to $5,000 range.

High price range: $134, 500 for an oil painting done the subject matter being books.

I enjoy this artist for being able to paint wonderful impressions of subjects. Without going into much detail about the subject the viewer still captures the fun shapes and color combinations found by the aritst. Like Wayne Theibaud the arist could take something boring like an umbrella lying on the floor, and make a wonderful still life from it.

Try painting something that might be boring to most people. In it see something that excites your artistic part of the brain. Be it color or some fun triangular shapes in the shadows.

On line and land based gallery: Marlborough Gallery in New York City handles art dealing with the artist’s estate.  http://www.marlboroughgallery.com/galleries/chelsea/artists/avigdor-arikha/biography

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