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August 28, 2009
James Lord R.I.P.

James Lord R.I.P.

[NYTimes] All of Mr. Lord’s many encounters, it seemed, left an impression, which he turned into pithy vignettes, like the one involving Balthus and Giacometti that he recounted in “A Gift for Admiration.”

“I recall one afternoon with them at the Café de Flore,” he wrote, “when they argued at length over the perceptible dimensions of Géricault’s ‘Raft of the Medusa’ should it be viewed on the far side of the boulevard, Alberto loudly insisting that at such a distance it would appear to be only a few centimeters in height while Balthus calmly maintained that its appearance would correspond exactly to its actual size because one saw what one knew rather than what one mere hypothesized.” (obituary)

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  1. March 16, 2010 5:38 pm

    I am just reading ‘Picasso and Dora’ and enjoying it very much. A really wonderful, honest and articulate account of an interesting situation. Good bloke and good writer!

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