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Beckett's Thing: Painting and Theatre

David Lloyd


Samuel Beckett was deeply engaged with the visual arts and individual painters, including Jack B. Yeats, Bram van Velde, and Avigdor Arikha. The book explores what Beckett saw in their paintings that would come to shape his own dramas as visual artworks. It explains what visual resources Beckett found in these particular painters rather than in the surrealism of Masson or the abstraction of Kandinsky or Mondrian. The analysis of Beckett’s visual imagination is based on his quite extensive art criticism and on close analysis of the paintings that he would actually have viewed. Lloyd shows how B ... More

Keywords: Samuel Beckett, Jack B. Yeats, Bram van Velde, Avigdor Arikha, theatre, modern painting, abstract painting, representation, the thing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474415729
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415729.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lloyd, author
University of California, Riverside