Making dreams, calm without rest. LO27226

Date: 09/11/01

" I never know how to start and I really don't know how to finish, and within
that span of ignorance lies the intelligence and exhaltation of drawing. You
can see the palpable mystery best in the supreme old men, - Rembrandt,
Cezanne, Degas and above all Michelangelo in his late crucifixion drawings. I
tell you it is dumb to get the configuration down too soon and then to have
to defend those lines as if you knew exactly what you saw and the
registration was accurate. Those hill-form nerve systems called Montagne
Sainte-Victoire by Cezanne, those put upon girls by Degas, and the blur of
Christ's body in those supreme little sheets tell of an accuracy beyond the
crisis of decision, a calm without rest, gone through to the world's body, a
proper study of mankind. The trouble is, you have to know - which end of the
pencil or brush to put in your mouth. I get less and less sure as I get
RK. London c. 1975/6

"- The danger is that such a society, dazzled by the abundance of its
growing fertility and caught in the smooth functioning of a never ending
process, would no longer be able to recognise its own futility - the
futility of a life that, 'does not fix or realise itself in any permanent
subject which endures after its labour is past.'"

Arendt and Adam Smith

Andrew Campbell


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