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“A glimpse of the surface”: Samuel Beckett and Avigdor Arikha


4 October 2022
January 27
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom + Google Map
Samuel Beckett by Avigdor Arikha, © NationalPortrait Gallery, London.

The work of the artist Avigdor Arikha (1929-2010) was much admired by his friend Samuel Beckett. In an introduction to a book of Arikha’s drawings, to which Beckett contributed two poems, Beckett described his admiration as “unceasing”. For his part Arikha, whose obituary named him “perhaps the best painter from life in the last decades of the 20th century”, produced several series of illustrations to accompany editions of Beckett’s work. 

This display celebrates not only their friendship and collaboration, but also the remarkable collection of Beckett’s work to be found at the University of Reading. This remains a source of inspiration for writers and artists alike. 

The exhibition can be viewed in the Staircase Hall of The Museum of English Rural Life and Special Collections, within their normal opening hours.

Image caption: Samuel Beckett by Avigdor Arikha, © National Portrait Gallery, London.