Beckett and Painting

The great Irish existential playwright Samuel Beckett is best known for his bleak play Waiting for Godot. The genesis of this play was in a trip that Beckett made to Nazi Germany in 1936. He saw the paintings of Casper David Friedrich and was particularly moved by Two Men Contemplating the Moon. This image provided the visual source for theĀ setting of the play. The two tramps in the play are presented in a barren landscape beneath a dead tree and the connection to Friedrich’s painting is unmistakable.

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