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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.