1964 – <em>Agripas Street</em>, Arie Aroch
Arie Aroch, Israeli, born Russia, 1908-1974 Agripas Street, 1964 Mixed media on wood panel, street sign 50 X 110 cm Gift of Walter and Marianne Griessmann, London, to The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art B88.226

Using oil, oil pencil and scratching and considered a seminal work, Agripas Street by Arie Aroch (1908-1974) represents an important trend in Israeli art of the 1960s: the move away from the colorist abstractions of New Horizons to a more personal idiom, combining Pop Art elements such as the ready-made sign, the use of wood as a painting surface and the childlike scribbling of early memories. Aroch, who studied at Bezalel in the 1920s, was a full-time diplomat who made time for painting and became one of the most influential artists of his era. (Image copyright Israel Museum, Jerusalem; work copyright Jonathan Aroch, gift of Walter and Marianne Griessmann, London, to the Israel Museum and Tel Aviv Museum of Art)