Saturday, March 8, 2014

Harsh Coast and Bonnard

A more severe coast scene,  9x12 oil on mdf panel.

From an essay by Sarah Whitfield on Bonnard, "In a conversation Bonnard had towards the end of his life with some friends who were visiting him at Le Cannet, one of them quoted Balzac: 'A curse on the man who keeps silent in the middle of the desert, believing that there is no one to listen to him.'  Bonnard, asking him to repeat his sentence, paused for a long time before replying, 'Speaking, when you have something to say, is like looking.  But who looks? If people could see, and see properly, and see whole, they would all be painters.  And it's because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.'"

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