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Giacometti/Beckett: Rater encore. Rater mieux (Alberto Giacometti/Samuel Beckett: Fail again. Fail better)

Giacometti/Beckett: Rater encore. Rater mieux (Alberto Giacometti/Samuel Beckett: Fail again.... THEATRE A ND EVENTS REVIEWS Review of the exhibition Giacometti/Beckett: Rater encore. Rater mieux (Alberto Giacometti/Samuel Beckett: Fail again. Fail better). L’institut Giacometti, Paris, 9 January–8 June 2021. Met (...) Giacometti, subtle in a granite-like way, all stunning perceptions, very well-behaved underneath it all, wanting to render what he sees, which is perhaps not so well-behaved as all that, when one has the ability to see as he does. My timid attempts at disagreement swiftly brushed aside, crushed rather, I of course joining in the crushing. (Beckett, 2011, 294) Apart from the images of the two artists at work on the 1961 Godot at Paris’s Odéon, these sentences, a stunningly analytical short-cut typical of the epistolary Beckett referring to their chance encounter in summer 1951, are probably the most we have in writing concerning the friendly relation of the two kindred souls. Despite the scarcity of material proof in biographical terms, there is a widespread and strong feeling of ‘overlapping perceptions’, to quote Robert Motherwell. Literature gave important impulses to Journal of Beckett Studies 31.2 (2022): 220–234 Edinburgh University Press © Journal of Beckett Studies www.euppublishing.com/jobs Theatre and Events Reviews 221 Figure 1. Beckett and Giacometti in Paris, 1961; http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Beckett Studies Edinburgh University Press

Giacometti/Beckett: Rater encore. Rater mieux (Alberto Giacometti/Samuel Beckett: Fail again. Fail better)

Journal of Beckett Studies , Volume 31 (2): 7 – Sep 1, 2022

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THEATRE A ND EVENTS REVIEWS Review of the exhibition Giacometti/Beckett: Rater encore. Rater mieux (Alberto Giacometti/Samuel Beckett: Fail again. Fail better). L’institut Giacometti, Paris, 9 January–8 June 2021. Met (...) Giacometti, subtle in a granite-like way, all stunning perceptions, very well-behaved underneath it all, wanting to render what he sees, which is perhaps not so well-behaved as all that, when one has the ability to see as he does. My timid attempts at disagreement swiftly brushed aside, crushed rather, I of course joining in the crushing. (Beckett, 2011, 294) Apart from the images of the two artists at work on the 1961 Godot at Paris’s Odéon, these sentences, a stunningly analytical short-cut typical of the epistolary Beckett referring to their chance encounter in summer 1951, are probably the most we have in writing concerning the friendly relation of the two kindred souls. Despite the scarcity of material proof in biographical terms, there is a widespread and strong feeling of ‘overlapping perceptions’, to quote Robert Motherwell. Literature gave important impulses to Journal of Beckett Studies 31.2 (2022): 220–234 Edinburgh University Press © Journal of Beckett Studies www.euppublishing.com/jobs Theatre and Events Reviews 221 Figure 1. Beckett and Giacometti in Paris, 1961;

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Journal of Beckett StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2022

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