Monday, December 29, 2008

Ruby Tuesday



Happy Ruby Tuesday! Today I have a beautiful lithograph (with a little bit of RED) to show you. It belongs to my sister-in-law and it hangs in her living room opposite her sofa. It was painted by Itzchak Tarkay (tar kai')

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Let me tell you a little about Tarkey: from the Knotty Treasures web site

The inspiration for Tarkay's work clearly lies with French Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, particularly the color sophistication of Matisse and the drawing style of Toulouse-Lautrec, while summing up the characteristics of his model subject without relying on the precise copying of natural forms, or the patient assembling of exact detail.

As well as being a painter and watercolorist, Tarkay is a master graphic artist and his rich tapestry of form and color is achieved primarily through the use of the serigraph. In his serigraphs, many colors are laid over one another and used to create texture and transparency. After exhibiting both in Israel and abroad, he received recognition at the International Art Expo in New York in 1986 and 1987 for works in several forms of media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor.

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. Today Tarkay is considered one of the most influential artists of the early 21st Century and his contemplative depiction of the female figure.

Biography:
Itzchak 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 concentration camp. 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 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.

Tarkay has since exhibited extensively both in Israel and abroad, and his works can be found in many public and private collections.

I posted Ruby Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

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theteach



51 comments:

Olga said...

Yay! Can't believe I'm the first one :)

Thank you for sharing the information on that beautiful painting.

Mojo said...

That litho is so you Mary. And I suspect the slippers would be as well.

Robin said...

What a beautiful painting. I wasn't familiar with Tarkay's work, I'll have to hunt him down. I was just in the Tel Aviv Art Museum last week, but I never made it into the Israeli galleries (we brought my daughter to see Helena Rubinstein's collection of miniature rooms - basically dollhouses but in diarama form, and quite impressive).

My own RT post will be up in 10 minutes.

Jientje said...

That's beautiful Mary!! I think it's still fun to look for rubies each week! Mine will be up in about an hour or so!

Yen said...

What a nice painting! Haven't been joining RT for the past weeks but I posted mine for this week!

Happy New Year everyone!

KitchenMaus said...

I first noticed the badge! Beautiful! Id use it next week :)

I too am not familiar with Tarkay so thanks for bringing one of his work to us!

Pia K said...

Lovely painting. And you can't have enough red shoes (myself alas I have too few come to think of it).

Best of all is your new header though, stunning! It looks like Scotland or the Yorkshire moors, such a wonderful capture.

I'll return with my RT post when the clock has stroke Tuesday.

Felisol said...

Dear teach Mary,
I thank you for showing me Tarkay.
A painting of elusive beauty and colors absolutely himself (neither Matisse nor Lautrec.)
Wonderful.
I shall have to look for more of his art.
From Felisol

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I very much like the Tarkey painting, Mary. Love the style!

Kimmie said...

Hi Mary!
My what lovely ruby slippers you have! ;-)

The painting is beautiful, thank you for the history on it also.

I am doing my best to try to get back into circulation for the first of the year.

I have a little something over at my blog for you sweetie. I have missed you Mary!
Hugs,
Kimmie

People with Cameras said...

Beautiful painting. And I like the new ruby shoes linky.

Kerri said...

What a lovely painting!!

ellen b said...

Love the colors in this piece. What interesting info about the artist, too. Happy last Ruby of 2008 Mary!!

Jan said...

I've always loved Tarkey, great choice for today. Love the new badge, too.

Jan said...

Oh, and your new header is wonderful.

Melli said...

That is beauuuuuutiful! I love it! I've never heard of Tarkay before - but I love art - and learning about different artists!

napaboaniya said...

Lovely painting your SIL has in her living room :)
Very nice that you've shared information of it too.
Happy Ruby Tuesday!!

Ralph said...

This Impressionist art is fabulous. It has the bold and bright colors and the dreamier subject. Excellent!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Gorgeous lithograph, Mary. Happy RT!

Julie said...

Very nice! I've always like the ruby slippers...not sure if I'll get a RT post up or not. Trying to catch up on everyone's Christmas posts!

Becky and Gary said...

I don't know much about paintings, but this is so beautiful. I love the soft colors.
Happy RT, and Happy New Year. Thanks for hosting this special site.
PS Love the slippers! Great choice.
B.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

That is a beautiful lithograph! Very fluid.

Love the new tag also.

I'll try to remember to look for a sign for next week.

gmj said...

You are a treasure of knowledge which I am grateful for. Thanks for continuing RT. It remains great fun.

Lois Grebowski said...

I'm very familiar with this artist. I love the colors he uses in his paintings and lithographs. They are always cheery.

good choice!

Terri said...

That is beautiful. I love the colors.

It's only 8pm Monday here, but I just posted my RT anyway.

Cherie said...

Great new Ruby Tuesday logo, and what a beautiful painting! :)

Terri said...

That is one gorgeous photo on your header!

Dianne said...

oh that's lovely! the colors are wonderful, I especially like the purple, violet backdrop

you know me and purple ;)

Gattina said...

Sometimes school teached me something lol ! at least Art school, I immediately thought about Toulouse Lautrec when I saw the painting without even reading your text !

Ladynred said...

That's beautiful piece of art.

Greyscale Territory said...

A fascinating, beautiful lithograph! I adore the elegant line and colour tones!

Hey Harriet said...

What a gorgeous piece of art. I love the style. Thanks for sharing the info about the artist :)

Akelamalu said...

That's a beautiful painting Mary, thanks for sharing it.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Thanks Mary for sharing this great piece of artwork with us ... wishing you a "happy new year" with family...

Digital Polaroids said...

Mine's up!

Hootin' Anni said...

Excellent photo Mary.
I'm here to wish you the best in 2009!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

splummer said...

Hi Mary,
Beautiful painting!!! I like the angle your took the photo! My Ruby Tuesday is posted. Have a great New Year!

Sherrie

Terry said...

Dear Mary Teach...I had so much fun with this one.
You are surely a treasure to us all....Love Terry


Have to go for blood tests now but I will come back and comment on this lovely picture!

haleyhughes said...

I love the way you captured the lithograph in such an artsy way with the angle. It is a beautiful piece.

ramblingwoods said...

That is a really beautiful painting. Your sister-in-law has good taste..

ilanadavita said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and a happy new year to you.

Patti said...

I finally posted my Ruby Tuesday entry, Mary.

Better late than never!

Interesting post about Tarkay. I had never heard of him.
I love the Ruby Slippers ;-)

Raven said...

Beautiful painting. Tuesday snuck up on me this week... (I'm easily confused during holidays. I tend to think every day is Sunday.) Anyway, I'll try to be back next week.

Sara Chapman in Seattle said...

Oh, those magical Ruby Slippers. One of the most beloved and iconic images ever. And I truly love the banner photo, so mysterious and evocative. And the painting is superb as well. A triple home run!

I've posted a sight of summer for Ruby Tuesday.

Julie said...

Its beautiful.

Kay said...

Very nice as always Mary.... Mine is up at last....

(And I took a few shots this morning for next week... look at me being all organized!)

Bond said...

great painting

HAPPY NEW YEAR

spiCes said...

i would love to have one! beautiful lithograph!

In My Opinion said...

Your photo is beautiful. I can now add Tarkay to one of my favorite artists!

storyteller said...

Lovely photo ... interesting information too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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