Sam's spoon

"Sam's Spoon" was painted by Avigdor Arikha on the first anniversary of Beckett's death. The christening spoon was Beckett's own (you can make out "Sam" on the handle). He had given it to Arikha's daughter on her birth. Arikha is best known for his intimate still life paintings of everyday objects and he also illustrated some of Beckett's texts. I happened upon this painting and its story quite by chance last night.

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