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Israeli Artist Avigdor Arikha Dies at 81 on Thursday in Paris

PARIS (AP).- Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha, who learned the power of art as a boy during the Holocaust when he sketched scenes from a concentration camp onto salvaged scraps of paper, has died in Paris. He was 81. Romanian-born Arikha, a painter, draftsman and printmaker, went on to become one of Israel’s most important contemporary artists, imbuing his portraits and scenes of daily life — a red umbrella against a wall, an overflowing bookshelf, a jumble of bottles in a cabinet — with enigmatic, disconcerting beauty. “He had an exceptional gift for capturing something deep in people and expressing their mystery,” French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said. Arikha died of complications of cancer on Thursday at his home in Paris, where he spent most of his adult life, said Janis Gardner Cecil, sales director for the Marlborough