On Depiction


Throughout his whole development I have never ceased to admire the acuteness of his vision and his faultless insight into the art of the past.

—Samuel Beckett

In this collection of essays that he wrote between 1965 and 1994, Arikha expounds on art and artists (Mantegna, Velázquez, Poussin, David, Ingres, Degas, Matisse, and more), technique, seeing, and the state of culture in his day, which, one could argue, is no more hopeful today—almost thirty years later—than it was then.