Avigdor Arikha was a Romanian-born Israeli artist, art historian and curator whose talent helped him escape a Nazi concentration camp. He eventually settled in Paris, where he became a close friend of the writer Samuel Beckett. His work has since seen him described as among Israel’s greatest postwar artists. He was awarded many prizes and honorary degrees, and named a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2005. Avigdor Arikha died in April 2010 and is survived by his wife, Anne Atik-Arikha and their two daughters.