T04939 Tubes of Paint in their Drawer 1985
Pastel on velvet paper 499 × 329 (19 1/2 × 13)
Inscribed ‘85 Arikha’ b.r.
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987
Exh: Avigdor Arikha: Oil Paintings, Pastels and Drawings, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Oct. 1986 (20, repr. p.28); Original Eyes: Progressive Vision in British Watercolour 1750–1850, Tate Gallery Liverpool, May–Aug. 1991 (no number, repr. p.8)
Lit: Friends of the Tate Gallery Report 1987–8, 1988, p.12, repr. Also repr. Richard Channin, André Fermigier, Robert Hughes et al., Arikha, Paris 1985, p.194 (col.); Jean Clair, La Renaissance du pastel, Paris 1989, pl.1; Duncan Thomson, Arikha, 1994, p.165 (col.)
This pastel depicts the contents of part of a drawer in the artist's studio in Paris. The tubes of paint (at least sixty can be counted) are lying on their sides and distributed between four irregularly shaped compartments. The image is predominantly grey but the labels of the paint tubes are picked out in yellow, red and occasionally blue…