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Beckett's ThingPainting and Theatre$
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David Lloyd

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415729

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415729.001.0001

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‘Siege Laid Again’: Arikha’s Gaze, Beckett’s Painted Stage

‘Siege Laid Again’: Arikha’s Gaze, Beckett’s Painted Stage

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Beckett's Thing

David Lloyd

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 3 explores Beckett’s relationship with the Romanian-Jewish painter Avigdor Arikha. After long practicing as an abstract painter, in 1965 Arikha committed himself to working “from observation”. His painting breaks with the traditions of Cézanne and Matisse, and was inspired by his discovery of Caravaggio. The chapter analyzes Arikha’s painting and Beckett’s later theatre through their shared aesthetic values and common interest in Caravaggio. Beckett’s plays like Come and Go, Footfalls and Not I are viewed as the realization of tableau and as a staging of the emergence of the human as thing.

Keywords:   Samuel Beckett, Avigdor Arikha, Caravaggio, abstract painting, depiction, tableau, still life, Come and Go, Footfalls

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