Friday, December 5, 2008

Got to Have my Mojo Working- Frames of Mind

collage by marguerita
the line between seeing and thinking, or feeling emotion

Few paintings are so full of ambiguity.
Ambiguity, or mystery, or uncertainty, though there is no uncertainty about the title, and the painting seems to show us precisely that.

She stands patiently, thinking of something else, in a dream, abstracted, miles away. The one in the mirror is not really there, and the one who is really there is not there either. She's somewhere else, thinking of her lover, or her debts....She was solitary and difficult and devoted to her art as a mystic might be to salvation. "I think the best thing to do is to work hard," She was involved in the most exacting process, which had nothing to do with either representation or impression.
"Treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything brought into proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point. Lines parallel to the horizon give breadth . . . Lines perpendicular to this horizon give depth.
Cezanne believed that a painter could do good things "without being very much of a harmonist or a colourist". He sought always "the culminating point" in things he saw, "and this point is always - in spite of the tremendous effect; light and shade, colour sensations - the closest to our eye; the edges of the objects flee towards a centre on the horizon."

But nature for us men is more depth than surface, whence the need to introduce into our light vibrations, represented by the reds and yellows, a sufficient amount of blueness to give the feel of air."Writers reflect on the stories behind works in the Courtauld Gallery | Art and design | The Guardian

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