Samuel Beckett, 1969

Lithograph printed at Atelier Art Paris

65 cm (H) x 50 cm (W)

Simon Fraser University, BC

During a 1969 dinner party where Etrog was introduced to Samuel Beckett, the sculptor immediately began to sketch the famous Irish playwright’s portrait. Etrog described the portrait as “tense,” projecting his excitement upon meeting his hero, a tension that is expressed in agitated lines of Etrog’s “links” style.

This first meeting paved the way for a friendship between Etrog and Beckett who also collaborated on multiple projects. This included the artist book Imagination Dead Imagine based on a short story by Beckett, which Etrog illustrated.

Samuel Beckett, 1969