Romanian-born Israeli painter, draughtsman, printmaker, designer, and writer on art who worked mainly in France. He moved to Israel in 1944, and from 1949 to 1951 studied at the École des *Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he settled in 1954. Initially he made his name as a book illustrator, then from 1957 to 1965 he was primarily an abstract painter, working in an *Art Informel vein. Between 1965 and 1973 he abandoned painting for drawing and etching, his work of this period including a series of portraits of the writer Samuel Beckett, who was a close friend. When he resumed painting in 1973, he concentrated on working from the life, his subjects including landscapes, interiors, still-lifes, and portraits, among which are a few commissioned portraits (Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1983, NPG, Edinburgh). Arikha also wrote on art and has organized exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on the work of Poussin (1982) and Ingres (1986). A large collection of his work on paper was presented by the artist to the British Museum and exhibited there in 2006.
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