Soutine was illustrating the way in which death could reach for and resemble the guise of life.
There’s much to celebrate this weekend: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding! Shavuot! The return of allergy season!
At the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., some of the biggest names of art are on display. But perhaps most interesting are the works by Chaim Soutine and Marc Chagall, some of which haven’t been seen in the States in decades.
In April, 2010, when the Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha (born Dlugacz in Romania) died at age 81, he was praised for his sensitive figurative art, as well as his heroic life story. In 1941, after Arikha’s family was deported to Romanian-run concentration camps, his drawings of deportation scenes, shown to International Red Cross representatives, won freedom for himself and his sister. By 1944 they had reached Palestine, where he lived on Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha in the Judean Hills, before relocating definitively in 1954 to Paris.