About this artwork

Ludovic Kennedy and Moira Shearer married in 1950. Born in Dunfermline, Shearer shot to fame in 1948 with her role as the doomed young ballerina in the film, 'The Red Shoes'. From 1952 she combined family life (she and Kennedy had four children) with a second career as an actress and lecturer. A pioneer of television broadcasting, Edinburgh-born Kennedy became a newscaster in 1956 and presented some of the first current affairs programmes, most notably, Panorama. As an investigative journalist who specialised in miscarriages of justice, he has exposed some of the most notorious cases of injustice in Britain.

Avigdor Arikha

Avigdor Arikha

Israeli artist Arikha was born in Romania. He studied in Paris from 1949 to 1951, making it his permanent home in 1954. After establishing himself as an illustrator, Arikha made abstract paintings until 1965. After this time, he restricted himself to drawing and etching, making a series of portraits of his friend, the playwright Samuel Beckett. When he began painting again in 1973, Arikha worked exclusively from life, painting quickly and straight onto the canvas using oil paints. The National Galleries of Scotland own several of Arikha's portraits, which are notable for their sense of calm and mastery of colour.