Crows gather all kinds of things in their nests. They like shiny objects or whatever strikes their fancy. I, too, like to gather a variety of things, but unlike a crow, I like to share what I find, as well as what I create myself.
Going Out, 1981, oil on canvas, 81.0 × 64.8 cm, The Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel.
Avigdor Arikha was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and art historian. A survivor of a Nazi labor camp in the Ukraine, Arikhastudied art in Jerusalem and was severely wounded in Israel’s 1948 war of independence. After recovering, he left for Paris to continue his studies. His portraits very often have a sense of mystery - inGoing Out the face on the protagonist is revealed in a mirror.