Tel Aviv Museum of Art Pays Homage to Avigdor Arikha with Exhibition

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TEL AVIV.- This two-part exhibition is held as a homage to Avigdor Arikha, who died earlier this year, aged 81: one part includes illustrations Arikha made for S.Y. Agnon’s A Stray Dog, and the other includes self-portraits. Avigdor Arikha was born in 1929 in Bukovina, Romania, and began drawing as a child. During World War II, under Nazi rule, he was deported with his family to concentration camps, where he continued to draw. He was eventually rescued with the aid of the International Red Cross in 1944, and sent to kibbutz Maale Hahamisha with Youth Aliyah . In 1946 he began his studies at Bezalel, Jerusalem. He was severely wounded during the War of Independence. On 13 September 1949, Arikha arrived in Paris, and first encountered the French paintings he had so far only seen in reproduction. He visited many galleries and attended lectures and concerts, and enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In the spring of 1950 Arikha first travelled to Italy and saw the frescoes of Giott