Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Itzchak Tarkay Artwork and The Piano

Several years ago we bid on this large framed artwork at an art auction fundraiser for the kids' preschool. A beautiful cafe scene. It is so vibrant. For some reason, ' Silent Conversation' seems stuck in my mind as the title for this piece. I am not sure whether this was the original title - I cannot seem to find any evidence of that online. Nevertheless, I see energy and movement even though the women do not seem to be obviously conversing. This could be the result of the bright and bold colors and pattern. Perhaps I can imagine them listening to music that might be playing.

The artist is Itzchak Tarkay (1935-2012), a figurative artist who drew inspiration from French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism like Matisse, for the refinement in his use of colors and the drawing style of Toulouse-Lautrec. Tarkay has done many such cafe scenes.

He was a master at graphic art and with all of his talents, created stunning serigraphs like this one. (A serigraph is a silkscreen print on paper. They are not reproductions of an original). Tarkay created his serigraphs by layering colors one over the other to create texture and transparency.

This special artwork was hung in the dining room for a few years and then in the living room above the couch.  When the grand piano was moved to a more suitable spot in the living room about a year ago, it struck me that this piece would be perfect above it with its cafe scene and its size would balance that of the piano - typically artwork should be about two-thirds the size of that which it hangs above.

The artwork is now centered on that wall. It adds gorgeous color to that corner of the room.

I have come to realize that I enjoy different styles of art. It has to speak to you in some way. I love the colors, the patterns that have been achieved with this particular technique of painting and yes, the size at approximately 4.25 ft x 2.5 ft (framed) is phenomenal. This was a special purchase which will be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come.
Are you a fan of such a style?

To learn more about Itzchak Tarkay go here.
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  1. I love this post, Lisa. It is a beautiful piece. Art makes ALL the difference I feel (coming from an artist). It really lights up your space.

  2. Hi Lisa! I hope you are having a good summer. The colors in the piece are beautiful with the black of the piano. I like so many different styles of art as well and you are lucky to have such a special piece.

  3. Lisa,

    The artwork is beautiful and I really love your piano. What a special room!

  4. Art is so uniquely personal... I love how it reflects against the piano's patina.

  5. I’m a firm fan of this style – it really is a beautiful painting. I think the subject matter and the vibrant colours are also perfect for wall space above a grand piano! It reminds me so much of a classy café scene!

  6. I love this peace and I hear it too! Placing near the piano was a great idea.

  7. What a great piece! I love the bold lines and colors. You found the perfect spot for it!