Still Life with Wine
Avigdor Arikha was born in 1929 in Rădăuţi, Romania to German Jewish parents.
He was rescued from a Nazi labour camp where he was imprisoned for three years, when his drawings of deportation scenes were noticed by the Red Cross. He was helped to emigrate to Israel with his sister in 1944.
On arrival in Israel, Arikha lived in a kibbutz near Jerusalem and studied at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem.
In 1949 Arikha won a scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris having been severely wounded in the Israeli War of Independence the year before. He came to settle in Paris in 1954.
A book illustrator at first, Arikha turned his focus to painting. Between 1957 and 1965 he produced abstract paintings. Between 1965 and 1973 he abandoned painting in favour of drawing and etching, often completing works in one sitting.
When he resumed painting in 1973, he concentrated on working from life.
Still Life with Wine was gifted to Ben Uri in 2012, courtesy of the Trustees of the Arnold Lee Charitable Trust.
His work is represented in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum and Tate.
Avigdor Arikha died in 2010 in Paris.