Avigdor Arikha

1929 - 2010
born Victor Długacz (he later changed his name to Arikha), to a Jewish family in south Bucovina, Rădăuți in Romania, 1929. He began painting when he was a young child. In October 1941, then 12-year-old, Arikha was deported with his parents and sister to Transnistria Governorate (which served as a concentration camp for the extermination of the Jewish population of the eastern part of the country). A year later, his father died after being severely beaten by Romanian gendarmerie soldiers. During these years, Arikha created drawings documenting daily life in the camp. After his family tried to escape but was caught in the city of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Arikha was taken and put to forced labor in a foundry. In December 1943, at the age of 14, he was saved by the Rescue Committee of the Jewish Agency, which operated in the guise of "The Center for the Jews in Romania". In 1944 he immigrated with his sister to then Palestine, under a false identity. Arikha settled in Kibbutz Ma'aleh Hahamisha, lived and worked there for about five years. In 1946 he was accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and became a student of Mordecai Ardon and Isidor Ascheim. During the Israeli War of Independence, Arikha was drafted to the Haganah and was badly injured in a clash with Arab forces while escorting convoys to then besieged Jerusalem. In 1949 the artist moved to Paris and through financial aid of a scholarship enrolled in the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In Paris, Arikha became friends with Alberto Giacometti and the playwright Samuel Beckett, who became his close friend and mentor. Among Arikha's works can be found a drawing of Beckett's portrait. Between 1951 and 1953, he lived in Jerusalem. In 1954 he emigrated to France and in 1961 married the American poet and writer Anne Atik, the couple had two daughters. In the early 1970s, Arikha began a secondary career as a historian and art critic. He became world renowned in this field and in the art world due to his superior taste, extraordinary knowledge, the many articles he published on the history of art, and the exhibitions he curated in museums such as the Louvre, The Israel Museum, The Frick collection in New York and The Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Arikha died in Paris on 29 April, 2010, of complications from his cancer disease. He had turned 81 the day before.

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Avigdor Arikha
The Castle, Marker on paper, 31X47 cm.…

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Avigdor Arikha
Girl, 1952, Ink on paper, 48X32 cm.…

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$700 - $1,000

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Avigdor Arikha
Girl, 1967, Ink on paper, 32X39 cm.…

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900

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1961, Oil on canvas, 89X116 cm.…

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7500

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Avigdor Arikha
Visit to the Monument, 1957, Oil on…

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4200

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Avigdor Arikha
Ann, 1967, Ink on paper, 24X34 cm,…

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2000

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 33X24 cm. Signed.…

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1000

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Avigdor Arikha
Figure, 1955, marker on paper, 27X21 cm.…

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320

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Avigdor Arikha
Portrait, 1956, marker on paper, 20X13 cm.…

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650

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Avigdor Arikha
Still Life, 1984, Oil on canvas, 35X50…

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1961, Oil on canvas, 22X14 cm.…

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900

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Avigdor Arikha
Portrait, 1957, Graphite on paper, 58X46 cm.…

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500

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Avigdor Arikha
Self Portrait, engraving, 54X30 cm. Signed and…

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160

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1965, watercolor and ink on paper,…

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480

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Avigdor Arikha
A Lot of Two Paintings: Male Portrait,…

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420

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Avigdor Arikha
Nude, 1953, charcoal and pastel on paper,…

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1300

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1960s, Oil on canvas, 73X116 cm.…

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5000

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1964, Oil on canvas, 22X14 cm.…

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900

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Avigdor Arikha
Self Portrait Seated at Work, 1992, Pastel…

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1959, Oil on canvas, 41x33 cm.…

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Avigdor Arikha
Shai Agnon, Pencil on paper, 12X16 cm.…

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1000

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Avigdor Arikha
Standing Nude with Crossed Arms, 1989, Sepia…

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6000

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Avigdor Arikha
The Hills of Jerusalem, 1966, Ink on…

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1800

Lot : 148

Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1965, Oil on canvas, 146X113 cm.…

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10000

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Avigdor Arikha
Praying for Rain, 1955, Mixed media on…

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1950’s, Oil on canvas, 146X114 cm.…

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Avigdor Arikha
Trees, 1971 Lithograph, 61X43 cm. Signed, dated…

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90

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Avigdor Arikha
Facing Mount Zion, 7 lithographs Album, 38X48…

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650

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Lot of 3 lithographs: tree, 1975, 69X52…

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Avigdor Arikha
Landscape, Ink on paper, 16x22 cm. Signed.…

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1200

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Avigdor Arikha
Untitled, 1962 Charcoal on paper, 48x31 cm,…

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900

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Avigdor Arikha
Self Portrait Seated at Work, 1992, Pastel…

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Avigdor Arikha
Statitique, 1960, Oil on canvas, 130X97 cm.…

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10000

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Avigdor Arikha
Jerusalem Landscape, 1976, Watercolor on paper, 35X25…

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4200

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Avigdor Arikha
Jerusalem, 1965, Ink on paper, 26.5X38 cm.…

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800

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