Arikha, Avigdor mss., 1933-2011

Papers of Avigdor Arikha, 1933-2011, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University


Finding aid created by: Mary McSparran


Creator Arikha, Avigdor, 1929-2010
Title: Arikha, Avigdor mss.
Dates: 1933-2011
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet2 boxes, 2 oversize
Abstract: The Arikha mss., 1933-2011, consists of correspondence from writer Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, to Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010, and Arikha's wife, poet Anne Atik, 1932-. Arikha's various collected periodicals, catalogues, theatre ephemera, criticisms of Beckett, and other related items.
Language: English , French , German , Hebrew , Italian , Spanish
Repository: Lilly Library

Biographical Note

Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010, was a French-Israeli painter and art historian, famous for both his art and his various connections in the art and theatre world, including his relationship with Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989. Born to a Jewish Romanian family, Arikha and his family faced deportation to a Romanian concentration camp in 1941, and some of his works reflect his experiences surviving the Holocaust. After emigrating to France in the early 1950s, Arikha started as an abstractionist and later painting and drawing only from life, rather than photographs or memory. As an art historian, he frequented the European art and theatre scenes from the 1950s till his death. Arikha illustrated some of Samuel Beckett's works, and he and his wife, poet Anne Atik, 1932-, became Beckett's close confidantes. They exchanged many letters and postcards during the latter half of the twentieth century.


Scope and Contents

The Arikha mss., 1933-2011, consists of correspondence from writer Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, to Avigdor Arikha, 1929-2010, and Arikha's wife, poet Anne Atik, 1932-. Arikha's various collected periodicals, catalogues, theatre ephemera, criticisms of Beckett, and other related items.

Correspondence includes letters and postcards from Samuel Beckett to Avigdor and Anne, as well as some miscellaneous items. Criticism includes critical essays about Samuel Beckett. Periodicals includes newpapers, magazines, and journals with stories, review, or entries about Beckett. Art Catalogues includes catalogues to various art gallery and museum exhibits. Theatre Ephemera contains pamphlets, programs, clippings, and other materials related to the theatre scene of Arikha's time, some items with many items relating to productions of Beckett. Miscellaneous includes various items that could not be organized into other series.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence, II. Criticism, III. Periodicals, IV. Art Catalogues, V. Theatre Ephemera, and VI. Miscellaneous.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access: This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use: Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library. However, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.


Related Material

See Mitchell/Beckett mss., also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Subject Headings

Persons

Arikha, Avigdor, 1929-2010

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Arikha mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase: 2011


Table of Contents

I. CORRESPONDENCE

II. CRITICISM

III. PERIODICALS

IV. ART CATALOGUES

V. THEATRE EPHEMERA

VI. MISCELLANEOUS


I. CORRESPONDENCE
box 1 1956-1957
box 1 1958
box 1 1959-1961
box 1 1962
box 1 1963
box 1 1964-1965
box 1 1966
box 1 1967-1968
box 1 1969-1970
box 1 1971-1972
box 1 1973-1975
box 1 1976-1977
box 1 1978-1981
box 1 1982-1983
box 1 1984-1988
box 1 About Beckett
box 1 Miscellaneous
II. CRITICISM
box 2 "Sur un roman inédit de Samuel Beckett"
box 2 "Samuel Beckett and the Postmodern Controversy" by Breon Mitchell
box 2 "Time and the Modern Self: Descartes, Rousseau, Beckett"
box 2 "Time and the Modern Self: Descartes, Rousseau, Beckett" 1871
box 2 "Scandalising Samuel Beckett" by Martin Esslin
box 2 "Writing Beckett's Letters by George Craig" 2011
III. PERIODICALS
box 2 Les Lettres Nouvelle 4 March 1959
box 2 Les Lettres Nouvelle 30 December 1959
box 2 Theater Heute July 1963
box 2 La Quinzaine-litteraire 15 March 1966
box 2 Evergreen Review 47 June 1967
box 2 Le Monde-des livres 17 January 1968
box 2 La Quinzaine-litteraire 15 November 1969
box 2 The Oxford Magazine 1970
box 2 New Theatre Magazine: Samuel Beckett Issue 1971
box 2 LIRE 127 1986
box 2 The New York Review of Books 24 April 1986
box 2 TLS 4 November 2011
box 2 Clippings about Beckett and related others
IV. ART CATALOGUES
box 2 The Samuel Beckett Collection at Washington University Libraries 1986
box 2 Jack B. Yeats - Waddington Galleries 6-29 April 1961
box 2 Jack B. Yeats - Waddington Galleries 28 March - 26 April 1963
box 2 Jack B. Yeats - Waddington Galleries 11 Feb - 13 March 1965
box 2 Jack B. Yeats - Hart House Art Gallery Exhibition
box 2 Lipsi 1959
box 2 André Masson - Casino Communal June-Sept 1969
box 2 Sergio de Castio - Landscapes of Lights 21 June - 14 July 1972
box 2 Estelle Solomon - Portraits of Patriots 1966
box 2 Bonnard Sept-Oct 1966
box 2 Kurzes Verzeichnis der Gemäldesammlung im Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum zu Braunschweig December 1936
box 2 Die Ägyptische Samlung 1933
box 2 Die Ägyptische Samlung 1936
box 2 Führer Durch das Tell Halaf-Museum 1934
box 2 Katalog des Städtischen Museums zu Erfurt
box 2 Delacroix et les Maîtres de la Couleur 1952
box 2 Die Delfter Malerschule von E. Tietze-Conrat
box 2 Martin Schongauer von M.J. Friedlãnder
box 2 Die Niederlãndischen Manieristen von M.J. Friedlãnder
box 2 Lucas Moser und Hans Muttscher von A. Stange
box 2 Die Pietà von W. Pinder
box 2 Edward Lear
box 3 (Oversize) Geer van Velde - Derriere le Miroir 1 oversized item
V. THEATRE EPHEMERA
box 2 Exhibitions and misc. relating to Beckett
box 2 Misc. relating to Beckett
box 2 Programs of performances of Beckett
box 2 Schiller-theater - Werkstatt
box 2 Various Spanish pamphlets about Beckett
box 2 Various pamphlets and programs about Beckett
box 2 The National Theatre - "Play by Samuel Beckett"
VI. MISCELLANEOUS
box 2 Packet of Hebrew materials
box 2 Materials in Hebrew
box 2 Dizionario Biografico Degli Autori di Tutti Tempi
box 2 A.J. Leventhal
box 2 The Uninvited by Ethna MacCarthy
box 2 Empty envelopes