Thursday, March 11, 2021

Loss and absence, art and nature

 

From Celia Paul: Self-Portrait (Jonathan Cape, London 2019, p.152)

  
 
"A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself." May Sarton
 

"[W]hen I look at this painting, even in reproduction, even in a black-and-white reproduction, it inspires in me an almost inexpressible tenderness that is close to pain [...] But again, why do I feel like weeping over a glass of water standing near a coffeepot? A real pot and glass of water would never have this effect on me, unless perhaps these objects had belonged to a beloved person who had died [...]
Chardin's body has left its mark on the canvas, and even though for many viewers that imprint may be subliminal, it is felt - the simpler the subject matter, the more opulent the human presence." 
Hustvedt, Siri: Mysteries of the Rectangle. Essays on Painting, Princeton Architectural Press, New York 2005, pp.35f.
 

 

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