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a world of shadows

December 31, 2008

“What struck me, as I walked up and down the history of painting, was how much it was about fading light, and that the history of painting is also the history of the loss of light. For slowly but surely… the light is squeezed out of painting to become finally a mere candle-flicker. A world once full of light becomes a world of shadows.”

Ian McKeever, In Praise of Painting

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2009 11:45 am

    this is a wonderful quote. happy new year.

  2. January 1, 2009 2:42 pm

    i’m glad you were as struck by this as i was, and it did seem a ideal thought to reflect on at this time of year.

  3. January 1, 2009 4:43 pm

    oh and i forgot to mention, i found this quote in the following video tour of the Rothko exhibition at the Tate, which is well worth watching: http://www.tate.org.uk/tateshots/episode.jsp?item=16698

  4. January 1, 2009 5:38 pm

    thanks – yes it’s great, i agree and what he says about the black Rothko as”actually not so black at all” reminds me very much of the wonderful Soulages and another association i had was an analogy from late Rothko to late Braque whose late painitngs also sometimes ate being seen as less good than his earlier ones but i find them very strong and like them best of all the Braque.

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