Large Print by Tarkay

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Current Winning Bid $0.00 Time Left Auction started 11 May 2018 8:45:00 EST ends 18 May 2018 16:37:00 EST

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Large Print by Tarkay

Measures 51 x 42 inches

Itzchak Tarkay is considered to be a key figure in the modern figurative movement. Artworks by the Israeli artist are instantly recognizable—perceptive studies on people and places in a timeless world, captured in image by female socialites, parlors, terraces, and quiet cafés.

His art has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions around the world. Tarkay passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy that not only represents a great artist, but a great man.

Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, at the age of 9, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp by the Nazis. They remained there until the Allied Forces liberated the camp in 1945. When his family returned to Subotica, he developed an interest in art. Tarkay won his first award for excellence in painting while in school.

In 1949, his family immigrated to Israel, where they were sent to a transit camp for new arrivals at Be’er Ya’akov. They lived in a kibbutz for several years. In 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. After a year, Tarkay left the school due to financial circumstances at home. To continue his education, he studied under Yosef Schwartzman, a well-known art teacher, until his mobilization into the Israeli Army.

After Tarkay’s military service ended, he traveled to Tel Aviv and enrolled in the prestigious Avni Institute of Art and Design. At the academy, Tarkay worked under important Israeli artists of the time, such as Moshe Mokady, Marcel Janko, Yehezkel Streichman, and Avigdor Stematsky. He graduated in 1956, and the results of his studies culminated in his first exhibition at the age of 26.

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