Avigdor Arikha painted and drew rigorously observed portraits, nudes and still lifes. A fine printmaker, his etchings and lithographs are equally incisive. His portraits range from the informal studies of friends to commissioned portraits of public figures including the Queen Mother. He has written extensively on art and art theory, with books on Ingres and Poussin and a film on Velazquez. Arikha died 29 April 2010.  Exhibits with Marlborough from 1972.


1929 Born in Bukovina, Romania
1944 Arrives in Israel
1946 Studies art at the Bezalel School of Jerusalem
1949 Arrives in Paris, studies at Ecole des Beaux-Arts
1978 Chevalier, Ordre des Art et Lettres, Paris
1987 Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1989 Prix des Arts des Lettres et des Sciences, Fondation du Judaisme francais, Paris
1995 Honorary Professor, National Academy of Fine Arts of China, Hangchow
1997 Honorary Doctorate, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2004 - 2010 Lived and worked mostly in Paris, partly in Jerusalem


Solo Exhibitions
1953 JERUSALEM, The National Museum Bezalel, Paintings, Drawings, Woodcuts , 5-22 September1953,
1960 AMSTERDAM, Stedelijk Museum, Paintings, Gouaches, Watercolors,October-November1960.
1966 JERUSALEM, Israel Museum, Paintings 1963-66 and Drawings 1947-1966, September-October1966
1970 PARIS, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Drawings 1965-70, Dessins 1965-1970, 8 December 1970 -18 January 1971
1972 LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Drawings 1965-72, ART, 39 Ink- drawings April 25 - May 28,1972 (extended to July 31)
1973 SYRACUSE, NY, Everson Museum, February 1973, 'Ink- drawings 1965-1972'
FORT WORTH, Texas, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, April- May 1973, 'Ink-drawings 1965-1972'
TEL AVIV, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Paintings:1957-1965 and 1968 (retrospective of the abstract period)
1974-79 PARIS, Centre National d'Art Contemporain - Musée national d'art modene,Centre Georges Pompidou, circulating exhibition of prints, in thirty one Institutions, among which:. BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie; LE MANS, Musée Tessé; SAUMUR Bibliothèque Municipale; CHAMONIX, Bibliothèque Municipale; BASTIA, Musée d'Ethnographie Corse; CASTRES, Musée Goya; LYON, Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain; GRENOBLE, Bibliothèque Municipale;etc.
1975 PARIS, Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale, Prints.
1976 LONDON, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 11 February.- 23 May 1976, Samuel Beckett by Avigdor Arikha
EDINBURGH, New 57 Gallery, 14 August.- 9 September1978, Paintings Drawings Watercolors.
1979 WASHINGTON, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 15 June - 26 August 1979, Twenty Two Paintings 1974-78.
1981 DIJON, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 29 March-28 June 1981
1986 TEL AVIV, Tel Aviv University Gallery, January - February 1986, Prints 1950-1985
1998 JERUSALEM, Israel Museum, 20 November 1998 - 20 February 1999, Retrospective exhibition, 'Avigdor Arikha Selected Paintings 1953-1997'
TEL AVIV, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 19 November 1998 - 20 February 1999, Retrospective exhibition, 'Drawings'
1999 EDNBURGH, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 13 March - 9 May 1999, Retrospective exhibition
LILLE, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris sur le vif, drawings, 11 June - 13 September
MADRID, Galeria Marlborough, Pinturas, pasteles, dibujos, 1969-1999, 26 October - 27 November
2000 LONDON, Marlborough Fine Art, Paintings, pastels and drawings 1999-2000, 27 September - 28 November
2002 NEW YORK, Marlborough Gallery, Recent Work: oils, pastels, drawings, 12 September - 5 October
2004 LONDON, Marlborough Graphics, 23 June - 24 July 2004
PARIS, FIAC, Marlborough Stand, 20-24 October
2006 LONDON, Marlborough Fine Art, Avigdor Arikha, Recent Work, 7 June - 15 July
LONDON, The British Museum, Avigdor Arikha, Frm Life, Drawings and Prints 1965-2005, 29 June 2006 -7 January 2007
2007 NEW YORK, Marlborough Gallery, Avigdor Arikha, Twenty-Five Pastels 1983-2007, 1 November - 8 December
2008 MADRID, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Arikha, 10 June - 7 September
2010 TEL AVIV, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Avigdor Arikha: Self-Portraits, 4 September - 27 December

2011 LONDON, Marlborough Fine Art, Works from the Estate, 30 March - 7 May

2012 NEW YORK, Marlborough Gallery, Avigdor Arikha Works from the Estate, 20 March - 21 April

2012 NIMES, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Avigdor Arikha Oeuvres sur Papier, 10 July - 31 August

2013 LONDON, Marlborough Fine Art, Avigdor Arikha Works from 1966-2010, 9 October - 2 November


Public Collections
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum (Espace, 1960, oil; drawing, 1960; prints 1959)
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts (Haute rouge, 1961, oil)
Denver, Colorado, Denver Art Museum (Studio corner wall, 1976, oil)
Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Nude with black scarf, 1985, oil)
Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1983, oil; Lord Home, 1988, oil; Moira Shearer and Ludovic Kennedy, 1993, oil)
Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (18 original etchings and lithographs; Leon Wieseltier, 1992, oil.))
Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi (Self-portrait, 1997, oil)
Hiller d, Det Nationalhistoriske Museum på Frederiksborg (Herbert Pundik, 1997, oil)
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts (Self-portrait, 1978, drawing)
Jerusalem, Israel Museum (oils: Les Porteurs de Signes, 1955-56; Antagonisme latent, 1957; Noire Basse, 1959; Formes II, 1965; Canvas with Self-Portrait, 1976; A Bulb, 1976; Katef Hinom, 1980; Going out, 1981; Etching Tools 1992; a number of early oils, drawings and prints)
Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Portrait of Pierre Mauroy, 2000, oil; deposited at the Mairie. Four Fingers, 2000, pastel.
Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center (Standing nude with shirt, 1984, drawing)
London, Tate Gallery (Tubes of paint, 1984, pastel; Jerusalem seen from the South, 1980, oil; and a number of etchings and lithographs)
London, National Portrait Gallery (Samuel Beckett, 1971, drawing; David Sylvester, 1973, aquatint)
London, British Museum (Self-portrait seated in Foreshortening, sugar-lift aquatint, 1972; Self-portrait Shouting one Morning, ink drawing, 1969; Fruit, aquatint, 1976; Self-portrait in Foreshortening from bellow, aquatint, 1973; Bent Torso from the Rear, aquatint, 1972; Apples and Pears, aquatint, 1973; Shoes and socks, aquatint, 1973; Samuel Beckett, Au Loin un Oiseau, Five aquatints, 1973 ) Drawings donation: Anne, ink, 1965. Studies of a dog silver-point,(Gur II), 1966. Place de la Concorde, ink 1969. Anne pregnant, silver-point, 1969. Champrond, ink, 1969. Horace Gregory, silver-point, 1969. Samuel Beckett with a glass of wine, ink, 1969. Samuel Beckett with cigar, etching 1970.. Study of David Sylvester, 1971. Noga asleep, silver-point, 1971. Interior with Persian helmet, mirror and books, ink, 1972. Chamber orchestra, ink c.1972. Hollywood hills, ink, 1972. Piano and strings, ink, c.1972. Bedspread on a chair, at night, ink, 1973. Pears, ink, 1973. Spinet player, crayon Conte, c. 1974. Barenboim conducting,, graphite, c. 1975. Alfred Brendel, graphite, 1975. Sleeping dog, graphite, 1977. Carnations, graphite, 1977. An apple tree, graphite, 1977. The courtyard at Bachivillers, ink, 1979. Anne, back from the eye clinic, ink, 1979. Central Park, ink, 1979. Sandra Fisher, graphite, 1979. Villa Medici Garden, graphite, 1981. Recumbent young woman nude, silver-point, 1981. Anne in profile, graphite, 1982. R.B. Kitaj, graphite, 1983. An anonymous man eating, graphite, 1983. Eugene istomin at the piano, graphite, 1983. N.Y Subway, An Elderly couple, silver-point,1984. N.Y Subway, Woman with Scarf, graphite, 1984. Ian Dunlop, graphite, 1984. Gideon Kremer and Kim Kashkashian, graphite, 1984. Francis Haskell lecturing at the Collége de France, graphite, 1985. Nude stretched out upside down, charcoal, 1985. A Saxophonist on 57th Street, graphite, 1985. Anne fastening a button, charcoal, 1985. Dan Hofstadter, charcoal, 1985. The Duke of Beaufort, charcoal, 1985. Rostropovitch at Salle Pleyel, graphite, 1985. An Armenian priest, graphite,1986. Prostrated nude woman, graphite,1986. An anonymous slumberer, graphite, 1987. Alba, graphite 1987. Faces on the London Underground, 1988. Prayer at the Sai ho-ji, graphite, 1988. Oriental travellers at Roissy, black crayon, 1989. Catherine Deneuve Seated, charcoal, 1990. Female nude, from the back, charcoal, 1990. Saxophonist on rue Mouffetard, graphite, 1990. The Flautist, charcoal, 1991. Nude woman asleep, charcoal, 1991. Seated Nude, charcoal, 1991. Double study of Noga, charcoal, 1991. Anne seated leaning on her elbows, 1991. A Pony at the Luxembourg, graphite, 1991. A beggar on Passeo del Prado, graphite, 1991. John Heath-Stubbs reciting, I, black crayon, 1992. John Heath-Stubbs reciting, II, black crayon, 1992. Anne in winter-coat, standing and reading, charcoal, 1992. The Old Pine, charcoal, 1992. Judith Herzberg, graphite, 1994. A disabled man in a wheelchair, graphite, 1994. Sunflowers, ink, 1997. Young woman undressing, graphite, 1999. Self-portrait, black and whitre crayons, 2001. Cello player, ink, 2001. Attendants at a funerary ceremony, grapite, 2003. Chess players, Luxembourg garden, sepia chalk 2003. PRINTS: Anne with hand on mouth, 1970. transfer-paper lithograph.Samuel Beckett with a glass of wine: 1970,etching and aquatint. Samuel Beckett in profile, 1970, etching.the poet T.Carmi, 1971,etching Mirror with self-portrait and press, 1971, etching. Pear and Apple, 1972, sugar-lift aquatint. Self-portrait seated in foreshortening, 1972, sugar-lift aquatint. The umbrella, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. A pair of shoes, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. The chignon, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. David Sylvester seated, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. The old armchair, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. Anne in profile, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. Self-portrait with open mouth, 1973, sugar-lift aquatint. A spoon, 1975, sugar-lift aquatint. The library, 1975, sugar-lift aquatint. Spectacles, 1975, sugar-lift- aquatint. Olive tree, the Israel Museum garden, 1975, transfer-paper lithograph. Pine, 1975, transfer-paper lithograph. Hand, 1976, etching. Cypresses and lavender, 1977, transfer-paper lithograph. Haim Blanc, 1984, transfer-paper. Aldo Crommelynck, 1984, sugar-lift aquatint. Roses, 1994, direct bite, unicum. Geranium and hibiscus, 2003, dry-point. Library corner, 2003, dry-point. Drawings on the wall, 2003, dry-point. Self-portrait under artificial light, 2003, dry-point
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Anne leaning over a table, 1977, oil. Noga, drawing, 1981. Numerous etchings and lithographs)
Marseille, Musée Cantini (Mirror in the studio, 1987, oil)
Nancy, Musée des Beaux-Arts, (Self-portrait, 1994, drawing)
New York, Metropolitan Museum (Pierre Rosenberg, 1981, drawing; Third Street at Mercer, 1995, drawing; David Sylvester, 1973 (aquatint); Mirror with Self-portrait and Press, 1971 (etching); Self-portrait with Open Mouth, 1973 (aquatint)
New York, The Jewish Museum (Self-portrait Nude torso, 1980, drawing)
New York, Exxon Corporation Collection (The Glass doors, 1985, oil)
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Cabinet des Dessins (Hubert Landais, 1986, drawing)
Paris, Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale (a large number of original etchings and lithographs)
Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou (Anne from the back, 1973, oil; The loggia balcony, 1975, oil; Marie-Catherine, 1982, oil; Anne with a hand at her mouth, 1966, drawing; Samuel Beckett seated with cigar, 1970, drawing; Alexander Schneider , 1970, drawing; Leslie Parnass, 1970, drawing; Anne at desk, 1971, drawing; Jean-Bernard Pommier, 1974, drawing; Persimmons, nuts and nut-cracker, 1974, drawing; Self-portrait nude, 1976, drawing; Alba at age eleven, 1977, drawing; 78 etchings, aquatints and lithographs)
Princeton, The Art Museum - Princeton University (The Metro Ticket, 1986, pastel)
Roanne, Musée Déchelette (Epiforme, 1966, oil)
San Francisco, The Fine Arts Museum - The Achenbach Foundation (Etching tools, 1986, pastel)
Tel Aviv, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Anne with red hat, 1991, oil; Two baguettes, 1990, pastel; two abstract paintings, and a few drawings and prints)
Washington, Hirshhorn Museum (The Square in June, 1983, oil)

Public Portraits - Commissions
1982, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh: H. M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother ,1983
1988, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh: Alec Douglas-Home, Lord Home of the Hirsel, 1988
1990, Ministère de la Culture, Paris: Catherine Deneuve, 1990
1992, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh: Moira Shearer and Ludovic Kennedy, 1993
1997, Galleria Degli Uffizi, Florence: Self-portrait, 1997
1997, Det Nationalhistoriske museum på Frederiksborg slot, Hiller d, Denmark, Herbert Pundik, 1997
2000, Palais des Beaux-Arts and Mairie de Lille, Pierre Mauroy, 2000
2002 Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh: Sir John Shaw and Sir Robert Reid, 2002


2005: Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

Books - Monographs About Arikha
ARIKHA - texts by Samuel Beckett, Richard Channin, Andre Fermigier, Robert Hughes, Jane Livingston, Barbara Rose. Interviews by Barbara Rose, Joseph Shannon and Maurice Tuchman. 224 pp. 106 83 b.& w., Hermann, Paris / Thames and Hudson, London, 1985.
ARIKHA - by Duncan Thomson, 256 pp. 216 pl, most in color, Phaidon, London, 1994., paperback, 1996, 2000
AVIGDOR ARIKHA SELECTED PAINTINGS 1953-1997, introduction by Jean-Pierre Cuzin, with a text by Marc Jordan, chronology by Duncan Thomson, and a dialogue with Yona Fischer, 166 pp. 102 pl., Hebrew - English, retrospective catalogue, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1998
AVIGDOR ARIKHA DRAWINGS, contains a dialogue with Mordechai Omer, 172 pp. 116 pl., Hebrew - English, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, retrospective catalog, Tel Aviv, 1998
AVIGDOR ARIKHA, PARIS SUR LE VIF, drawings (1966-1996), contains a dialogue with Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnee, exhibition catalogue published by La Réunion des Musées nationaux, Paris, 1999, 96 pp. 107 pl.
AVIGDOR ARIKHA, testi di Monica Ferrando e Arturo Schwartz, 'Ritratti d'Artista', Moretti & Vitali, Bergamo, 2001, 80 pp. 26 col.ill.
AVIGDOR ARIKHA, dry-point engravings, Marlborough Fine Art publication 2004.
A full biography is available on request


Writings by Arikha

Peinture et Regard
, Écrits sur l'art 1965-1990, Hermann, Éditeurs des Sciences et des Arts, Collection Savoir sur l'art, Paris 1991, 256 pp. Second corrected and enlarged edition, (écrits sur l'art 1965-1993), Paris, 1994, 268 pp.

On Depiction , selected writings on art 1965-94 , Bellew Publishing, London, 1995, 240pp.


Two Books: The Apocalypse of Saint-Sever and Matisse's Jazz, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, , exhibition brochure (editorial errors), Los Angeles, April-June, 1972

idem: 'Beatus et Jazz' French version in Connaissance des Arts, No 468, Paris, February 1991,16 colour .pl., pp.26-41 (full corrected version)

idem: 'Beatus y Jazz Matisse y el Apocalipsis de San Severo' Spanish translation (by Letitia Leduc) in Saber Ver, Año 1, no3, Mexico-City, March 1992, 13, pp.6-22

L'Enlèvement des Sabines de Poussin , Musée du Louvre, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris 1979 (Petit Journal accompanying the exhibition Dossier no17 du Département des Peintures du Musée du Louvre, 10 mars - 21 mai 1979 (curated by the author)

Nicolas Poussin: The Rape of the Sabines , The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Art Museum, Princeton University, published by the MFA, Houston, 1983, 68 pp.

A modified version was also published in Nicolas Poussin: Lettres et Propos sur l'Art, textes réunis et présentés par Anthony Blunt, avant-propos de Jacques Thuillier suivi de Réflexion sur Poussin par Arikha, Collection Savoir, Hermann, Paris, 1989

Spanish translation by Lydia Vázquez, in: Nicolas Poussin Cartas y consideraciones en torno al Arte, Madrid, 1995, pp.173-207‘

De la boîte, des figurines et du mannequin' in Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 27 september 1994 - 2 January 1995, Réunion des Musées.Nationaux., Paris, 1994, pp.44-47

Ingres: 53 dessins sur le vif du Musée Ingres et du Musée du Louvre , Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981, 180pp. (French and Hebrew)

Ingres - Dessins sur le vif: 52 dessins du Musée Ingres de Montauban , Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, 1981, 80pp.(

J.A.D. Ingres: Fifty Life Drawings from the Ingres Museum of Montauban , The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Frick Collection, New York, published by the MFA Houston, 1986, 120pp.

'Bein melakha leomanuth', Massa, Tel Aviv, December 1952, no22 p.2 (Hebrew)
'Kain Noak Abraham, israels nya literatur' Bonniers Literära Magasin, Stockholm, vol.23 no4, April 1954,pp.289-293 (written in German, Swedish translation by Johannes Edfelt)

'Kryat Hareik', Qeshett, Tel Aviv, 1959, vol.5,pp.80-95 (Hebrew)

Untitled statement, in Le Jardin des Arts, Paris, November 1961, vol.84, p.60

'Halal o halal ruah’ , Kav, Jerusalem 1965, vol.2 pp.22-23 (Hebrew)

'Peinture et Regard’, Les Lettres Nouvelles, Paris, May-June 1966, pp.75-77

Untitled statement in Arts Primitifs dans les Ateliers d'Artistes, Musée de l'Homme, Paris 1967

'’Peinture: Le Neuf ou l'Unique?', Les Lettres Nouvelles, Paris, March-April 1968, pp.144-146

'Al rishumei Ingres', Kav, Jerusalem, 1968, vol.8, pp.72-73 (Hebrew)

'Samuel Beckett', Haaretz, Tel Aviv, 7 November 1969 (Hebrew)

Statement in European Painting in the 70s: New Work by 16 Artists. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1975 (

Statement in Avigdor Arikha: Paintings and Watercolours, Marlborough Gallery New York 1975 ( German translation in Avigdor Arikha: Ölbilder-Aquarelle-Zeichnungen, Marlborough Galerie, Zürich, 1977 (; reprinted in Arikha: Oeuvre gravé, Institut Français, Cologne,January-February 1979 (exh. announcement)

'De la Saccade au Damier', Art International, vol.21,no3, May-June 1977, pp.17-23

'’A propos du terme Palestine' (published under the pseudonym 'A.Vigo'), Pouvoirs, Paris 1978, vol.7, pp.157-162

'Un livre de Samuel Beckett et Avigdor Arikha: Au loin un Oiseau. Note d'Avigdor Arikha': La Revue de l'Art, Paris,1979,no44, p.103

Untitled text in Facing Mount Zion, Seven lithographs, The Gordon Galleries, Tel Aviv, 1978 (Hebrew and English)

Untitled text in L'Écriture et la Peinture, CNAC Magazine, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, November-December 1982, pp.12-13

‘'De l'Abstraction en Peinture', Cahiers du Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 1982, vol.10, pp.208-211

Untitled text on Pierre Bonnard, Petit Journal Bonnard, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1984 (brochure)

Untitled text in 'Culture et Démocratie aujourd'hui', a colloquy in the French Senate, France-Forum, Paris, April-June 1985, vol.219-220, p.26

Untitled text in Vom Zeichnen Aspekte der Zeichnung 1960-1985 exh. cat. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt-am Main, 1986, (exh. cat.), p.20

'Pintor Real',, The New York Review of Books, vol.XXXIII, No 17, New York, November 6, 1986, pp.27-35 (review of J.Brown's Velázquez, Painter and Courtier)

idem:'Pintor Real', Diario 16 (Culturas) Madrid, 30 November1986, pp.II-V (Spanish translation)

Untitled text in Art Libraries Journal, vol.II No 3, Preston, Great Britain, 1986,p.14

'A Propos de la Lumière', Le Débat, vol.44 , Paris, March-May 1987, pp.164-66

idem: 'On Light', Antique, London, Summer 1987, p.47

idem : an enlarged version in Art in America January1988, pp.102-104 (editorial errors)

idem: 'bizkhut haor hativiy', Kav, Jerusalem, January 1989, pp.88-89 (Hebrew)

'An Offshore Glance at painting in Britain', Art International, no1, Paris, Autumn 1987, pp.62-64

'The End of the History of Art?', The Times Literary Supplement, No 4,411, London, October 16-22, 1987,p.1139 (letter)

‘On Peter Paul Rubens, (editorial title 'Painter with Portfolio'),, The New Republic, Washington, March 28, 1988, pp.33-37 (review of C.White's Peter Paul Rubens)

'Jacques-Louis David : Les Licteurs Rapportent à Brutus les Corps de ses Fils', Rendez-vous en France, Dossier, no 3, Paris December, 1988, pp.5-8

idem: in Connaissance des Arts, Paris November,1989, No453,pp.72-81

idem: 'David's Brutus', English version, with an introductory note in The Journal of Art,vol.2 No 1, Turin, September-October1989, pp.8-9 (without the footnotes)

'An open letter to Art historians', The Journal of Art, vol.1 no3, Turin, February-March 1989, p.19 (editorial modifications)

‘'Giacometti's Code', The New York Review of Books, vol.XXXVI, no8, New York, May 18, 1989,pp.20-24

‘Remarques à propos de la politique artistique', Commentaire, vol.49, pp.107-109, Paris, March 1990

'’Un point pour le grand souffle', (on Samuel Beckett) in Samuel Beckett, Revue d'Esthétique, hors série 1990, pp.3-5.

idem: Hebrew version (translated by Helith Yeshurun) in Hadarim, vol.9, Tel-Aviv, summer 1990, pp.71-72

'From Prayer to Painting' published under the title 'On Transgressing the Prohibition of Images', The Journal of Art, vol.3 no3, New York, December 1990, p.32

'The Mysteries of Spanish Golden Age Drawing', (talk with Barbara Rose), The Journal of Art, vol.4 no7, New York, September 1991

'Painting and the end of communism - Brushes with death' (editorial title and subtitle), The New Republic, Washington, December16, 1991, pp.40-42

idem: Hebrew translation 'Igul hu tamid igul' in Maariv (hashavua), Tel Aviv 17 January 1992, pp.54-55

idem: French version 'De l'Utopie avant-gardiste', Connaissance des Arts, Paris, April 1993

‘Quelle Modernité ?', Commentaire, no.63, Paris, autumn 1993, pp.617-622

idem: shortened English version (translated by Noga Arikha) 'What Modernity?' in Modern Painters, London, Summer 1994, pp.54-56 (reprinted in Peinture et Regard, second edition, 1994)

‘'Note à propos du Calvaire de Mantegna', in Hommage à Michel Laclotte, Etudes sur la Peinture du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris -Electa, Milan, 1994, p.251-259; published in a shorter English version in On Depiction

'La Lumière du Musée' in Les Musées et la Lumière, Musée du Louvre, série 'Musées-musées', Paris, 1995, p.13, (brochure)

'Consideraciones sobre la idea de obra maestra en la pintura occidental' in Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado, Madrid, Electa-Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1996, pp.9-15 (translated from the English original by Maria-Luisa Balsero)

'Visión falseada en el Prado: la Extinción de la Pintura', El Pais, Madrid, 11 January 1997, Babelia, p.19 (originally written in French)

idem: 'L'extinction de la peinture', Le Monde, Paris, 15 March 1997

idem: 'Let in daylight on the magic of art' (editorial title), The Times, London, 24 May1997, p.22

‘Sobre fragmentos y bordes’, Museo del Prado - Fragmentos y detalles, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1997, pp.163-173

‘Nota sobra el Marte’, , Obras Maestras de Velázquez IV Centenario, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp.43-55

‘Observaties van een schilder’, (Dutch translation by Ineke van der Burg of ‘The Defeat of the Criterion of Quality in Painting’), Nexus no22, Tilburg, Netherland, 1998, pp;121-127

‘The Defeat of the Criterion of Quality in Painting’, in Europa e Cultura, Seminário International, Maip 1978, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2001, pp.117-121

idem: without title nor notes, in The Artnewspaper, International Edition, Maarch, 2002, vol.XIII, n° 123, pp22-24

‘qrissat kriterion haeykhut betziur’ (Hebrew translation of The Defeat of the Criterion of Quality in Painting’ by Lyora Herzig revised by the author), Hadarim no13, Tel Aviv, 1999

‘Morandi’, in Morandi exposición antológica, Museo Tyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 1999, p.71

‘L’oeil peut-il tout aimer?’ Revue des Deux Mondes, Paris, Oct.-Nov. 1999, pp. 288-292

‘Le peintre, l’oeil et la main’, Le Monde des Débats, Paris, Nov. 1999, pp. 24-26

idem: ‘El pintor, el ojo y la mano’, Arte y Parte, Revista de Información Artística de Españñ y Portugal, Santander, April-May 2000, n°26 , pp. 22-33, Spanish translation by José M° Marco

‘Note à propos des dessins de Watteau’, in Mélanges en hommage à Pierre Rosenberg, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1991, pp.49-52

‘Ut Lingua Pictura’, in Nexus n° 32, Sommer 2002, pp.93-96, Nexus Institute, Tilburg, Netherland, Dutch, translated from the French by Josine Fonderie

idem: in La Revue des Deux Mondes, Paris, May 2004, pp; 169-173

‘Des vestiges de la technique picturale’, in Mélanges offerts à Françoise Cachin, Gallimard, Paris, 2002, pp.212-216

‘A Note on Pictorial Syntax’, Literary Imagination, The Review of the Association of Literary Critices and Scholars’ Boston, MA and Athens, GA, USA, 2004, vol.6 number 3, pp. 392-406


BARZEL, Amnon: 'Sihot im Avigdor Arikha', Haaretz, Tel Aviv, 18 February 1972 (Hebrew)

BARZEL, Amnon: 'Hakmihah Letzayer min Hateva', Haaretz, Tel Aviv, 5 September1975 (Hebrew)

BOWLES, Patrick: 'Avigdor Arikha - An Interview and Portfolio presented by Patrick Bowles' The Paris Review,vol.33, Winter-Spring 1965, pp.22-29

BREJON, Arnauld Brejon de Lavergnée, Entretien, jn Paris sur le vif, encres et dessins, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, catal. Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1999

JODIDIO, Philip: '3 Opinions sur la situation Culturelle en France: 1. Avigdor Arikha' Connaissance des Arts, No 427, Paris, September 1987, pp.58-61 (erroneous biographical data)

MAURIES, Patrick:'Sur le Vif' L'Âne le Magazine Freudien,no26 Paris,April-June 1986,pp.14-15

ROSE, Barbara: ‘Avigdor Arikha interviewed by Barbara Rose’ exhibition catalogue, Avigdor Arikha Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings Marlborough Fine Art, London, May-June 1978; reprinted in Avigdor Arikha, Drawings Watercolours and Paintings, Janie C. Lee Gallery, Houston, Texas, February-March 1979

SAHUT, Marie-Catherine: 'L'Enlèvement des Sabines de Poussin', interview, La Revue du Louvre, Paris 1979, no2, p.142 (interview)

SELDIS, Henry J.: 'A Conversation with Avigdor Arikha', Arts Magazine, New York, 1975, vol.50, no 2 , pp.53-56

SHANNON, Joseph:'An Interview with Avigdor Arikha', Arts, New York, January1984, pp.130-133

TUCHMAN, Maurice: 'A Talk with Avigdor Arikha', Art International, May-June 1977, vol.21, no3, pp.12-16

VIATTE, Germain: Avigdor Arikha - Germain Viatte: extrait d'un entretien (20 juillet 1973), travelling Arikha, 39 Gravures, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, 1973 (exhibition brochure)




Drawing tools and techniques , courses given to the curators of the Cabinet des Dessins, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1971

Peindre Aujourd'hui , a lecture, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 16 December 1981

On Poussin's Deluge , a seminar, Department of Art History, Université de Genève, Geneva, 4 June 1982

Nicolas Poussin and the Classical Ideal Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. 24 January1983

Some late works of Nicolas Poussin , Princeton University, The Art Museum (McCormick Hall), Princeton, NJ, 1 May 1983

A propos de Deux Pastels de Degas (Portraits d'Amis sur Scène, 1879, Baigneuse allongée sur le Sol, 1886-8) , Musée d'Orsay (part of the series 'Voir et Apprendre à Voir'), Paris, 30 October 1988

An informal seminar and a public lecture on 'disruptures in styles', The Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14 and 15 February1989

Disruptures in style - painting today , School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, 20 February1989

Prix des Arts des Lettres et des Sciences - Fondation du Judaïsme français ,the laureat's lecture, Paris, 25 May 1989

On David's 'Brutus' and his 'unfinished' portraits , Bretey Memorial Lecture, University of Manchester, Manchester, 17 May 1990

l’Oeuvre en direct: L'Enlèvement des Sabines de Nicolas Poussin , a discussion with Pierre Rosenberg at the Louvre and Keith Christiansen at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, via satellite, Auditorium of the Louvre and the Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris, 18 February 1994

Les musées et la lumière , Musée du Louvre, Auditorium, debate, Paris, 25 January 1995

Considerations of the Notion of Masterpiece in Western Painting , inaugural lecture of the series Obras maestras del Museo del Prado, Madrid, Museo del Prado, Sala Juan de Villanueva, 17 October1995

On fragments and edges , a lecture, Madrid, Museo del Prado, Sala Juan de Villanueva, 10 December 1996

The defeat of the criterion of quality in painting , a lecture, Seminário Internacional ‘Europa e Cultura’; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 4-6 May 1998, 5 May

On Velázquez’s ‘El dios Marte , a lecture, Madrid, Museo del Prado, Sala Juan de Villanueva, 16 February 1999

Tthe Pictorial Metalanguage , The Warburg Institute, London, 21 November 2001



A talk on the Collection of the São Paulo Museum BBC Hebrew Service, London, July 1954, (7')

An interview with Daniel Le Comte , Radio France, France Culture, Paris, 22 October 1976 (27')

An interview with Connie Goldman National Public Radio, Washington D.C., 19 July 1979 (12')

An interview with Amnon Ahineomi , Kol Israel, Jerusalem 6 July 1980 (one hour)

Nicolas Poussin - a joint talk with Pierre Rosenberg’s - interviewer: Pierre Descargues , Radio France France Culture, 11 Feb 1982 (26')

On Antoine Watteau - interview with Pierre Descargues , Radio France - France Culture, 12 Nov 1984 (12')

An interview produced by Sam Collyns and Adrian Velicu BBC Radio 3 'New Premises'(series V), London, 7 December1986 (13') (contains inaccuracies)

Zeitzeichen - on Henri Cartier-Bresson West Deutscher Rundfunk 2, 22 August1988 (German, 7' within 15' (German)

An interview with Richard Thomson, 'Third Ear' , produced by Judith Bumpus, BBC RADIO 3, 7 April 1989 (26')

On Sumerian art - participation in 'Emission spéciale Grand Louvre' Radio France - France Culture, Paris, 1 April 1989

On music, a talk with Jean-Louis Andral, Oeuvres croisées, France-Culture, Paris, 12 December 1999, (one hour)

Television and Film

An interview with Terry Wehn-Damish 'Zigzag' Télévision Française ANTENNE2 Paris, 28 October 1976, (10')

On Chardin , (with Pierre Rosenberg) 'Zigzag' ANTENNE2, Paris (?) February 1979 (7'within 26')

On Poussin's 'l'Enlèvement des Sabines' , Télévision Belge, (?)April 1979

Le portrait 'Zigzag' ANTENNE2, Paris, 30 January 1980 (7' within 26')

On Monsieur Bertin by Ingres Télévision Française TF1, with the news broadcast, Paris, (?) August 1980 (3')

A brief interview about the portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother , Breakfast News, BBC1, ITV, and STV, London and Edinburgh 4 August 1983

'Du vif au vrai' a film directed by Daniel Le Comte, Télévision Française TF1, Paris, 12 April 1985 (26')

On Henri Cartier-Bresson , Indian National Television, New Delhi, 1985,

A short talk, Israeli television, Erev hadash, Tel-Aviv, January(?)1986 (7', Hebrew)

Five short films : Velàzquez' Meninas (9'); Poussin's Deluge (8'); David's Brutus (11'); Caravaggio's Saint Andrew (12 '); Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance (13 '); directed and produced by Sarah Stein, (sponsored by Minda de Gunzburg, The ASDA Foundation), New York,1985. First shown at the Musée du Louvre, Paris: David's 'Brutus', 15 January 1990, the other four on 5 February 1990

An interview with Robert Hughes , Saturday Review, directed by Rosemary Bowen-Jones, BBC2, 8 March 1986

Das Hungrige Auge: Avigdor Arikha , a film by Erwin Leiser, (60 '), German television networks, first broadcast: 2 September1991 (SWF, SF, Saarländischer Rundfunk (German and English versions).

Avigdor Arikha on Diego Velázquez , a film directed by Patricia Wheatley, produced by Keith Alexander ('Artists Journeys' BBC Music and Arts, 1992, 40'), first broadcast, London, BBC2, 24 May 1992. Shown at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 25 April 1994

Avigdor Arikha , a film ('Omnibus') directed by Patricia Wheatley, BBC1 (50') first broadcast: London, 27 October 1992; first broadcast on Israel Television on 18 October 1992