This is one of a number of original signed works by Itzchak Tarkay, a most desirable and collected artist. Tarkay had a fascinating life.
At the end of the listing we have tried to shorten his biography to give you a glimpse of the formative years of this amazing artist. As most of my clients know, I always prefer to offer original works of art. Tarkay's serigraphs are very much in demand as well, but this is an original signed one-of-a-kind. I am offering this and one other painting at a price well under what I will be offering the others I have. I had paid increasingly more for the Tarkay works I have. Unfortunately my new home does not have the room for an entire presentation of my Tarkays. It would be a shame not to have them purchased, hung and enjoyed by a new owner.
ARTIST: ITZCHAK TARKAY (Israeli, 1935 – 2012)
Title: "Lady in the Multicolored Chair"
Medium: Original Watercolor Painting.
Signed: Lower Right.
Size: Sight 15 by 10 inches; framed 28 by 26 inches.
Condition: Excellent. Work is custom matted and framed under glass. Ready to hang.
tzchak Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav Hungarian border. When he was only nine years old, the Nazis sent Tarkay to Mathausen-Gusen concentration campin Austria. Luckily, the Allied liberation of the camps in 1945 came in time for Tarkay to emerge alive. After the war, he returned home and developed an interest in art. While still at school in Subotica, he won a prize for excellence in painting. In 1949 he and his family immigrated to Israel and were sent to a transit camp for new arrivals at Beer Ya'akov. Their next two years were spent in a Kibbutz.
In 1951, Tarkay received a scholarship to the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, where he studied for a year before having to leave due to difficult financial circumstances at home. In order to continue his scholarship, he was allowed to study under the artist Schwartzman until his mobilization to the Israeli army. After returning to the familiar environment of Tel Aviv, Tarkay enrolled in the Avni Institute of Art, which he graduated in 1956. His teachers there were Mokady, Janko, Schtreichman and Sematsky. Since he had numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including the International Art Expo in New York City (1986, 1987) His art has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions around the world.
Tarkay focused on the female figure by using simplicity of form and line, along with a rich palette not unlike Toulouse-Lautrec, to create sensitive portraits of elusive ladies. He drew upon the entire realm of art history in a body of work that is not only aesthetically agreeable and compositionally seductive, but a cultural phenomenon responsible for countless love letters, innumerable nights of passion and incalculable furtive glances - the very substance of visual poetry. Today's roots as a painter take hold in the decisive years of modern art. The bright colors and flat patterns build on the paths forged by Matisse, Mouly, and the Fauves.Tarkay constructed a perspective and then took it away. The paintings go through an abstract transformation, the perspective dissolves into colors and shapes, her face remains, and the world reconstructs around her. There is an ancient mystery in the work of Tarkay that must be discovered for oneself. Tarkay dove deep into history, and brought up pearls for our times. The quality of his line was organic, the quality of his woman, his art, was magic.
The great appeal of Tarkay’s work has been described as possessing “timeless, universal values – values that have staying power and do not simply ride the tide of fashion.” He painted for the sake of painting, not to make a political or social statement. Influenced by French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Tarkay’s artwork shows hints of the styles of Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. It is this art that will endure the test of time. The return to classic styles is what makes his artwork so memorable, so powerful, and so refreshing.