A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce

By James Joyce

The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin youth and formative years, his quest for identification via paintings and his sluggish emancipation from the claims of relatives, faith and eire itself, can be an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.

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Oil on canvas, 81 × 65 cm. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. 1225 03 Plate Section:Samuel Beckett 10/1/14 12:01 Page 2 Plate 2: Avigdor Arikha, Box and Pitcher. 1975. Oil on canvas, 73 × 60 cm. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. 1225 03 Plate Section:Samuel Beckett 10/1/14 12:01 Page 3 Plate 3: Avigdor Arikha, Fruit on Silver Plate. 1981. Oil on canvas, 60 × 60 cm. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. 1225 03 Plate Section:Samuel Beckett 10/1/14 12:01 Page 4 Plate 4: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573–1610), Basket of Fruit, 1594–1598.

Where an image conveys information, a mark is the trace of a thing that has happened, at once the happening and its effect. Both the production of the painting and its reception or viewing depend on a complete immersion in the moment of seeing itself: painting, accordingly, is a thing that happens, and no longer the record of a happening, an istoria. 39 Beckett’s warding off of symbolic interpretations of his work, which every reader or director of his plays who inquired unfailingly met, is, like Arikha’s refusal of the image, equally a refusal of reading, a reluctance to allow the attention to turn from the work itself to extraneous sources of authority or explanation.

Oil on canvas, 47 × 62 cm. (Inv. 151). © 2013 Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. 1225 03 Plate Section:Samuel Beckett 10/1/14 12:01 Page 5 Plate 5: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Resurrection of Lazarus. c. 1608–9. Oil on canvas, 380 × 275 cm. Museo Nationale, Messina, Italy. Photo credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY. 1225 03 Plate Section:Samuel Beckett 10/1/14 12:02 Page 6 Plate 6: Avigdor Arikha, The Corridor. 1973. Oil on canvas, 116 × 89 cm. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.

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