Investigating drawing - Pencil

Arikha isolates Beckett by using a hard H pencil, the febrile quality of which on blue tinted paper gives the portrait an uncomfortable feel which somehow echoes the sitter's rather pessimistic view of the human condition.

The drawing feels like a quick afternoon drawing executed by one friend of another.


Samuel Beckett, by Avigdor Arikha, 1971 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Beckett
by Avigdor Arikha
1971
NPG 5100