Lavender Mist

“We were poor but didn’t scrimp on paint. We weren’t so much interested in craft or the finished product as in what the painting did for the painter. That was the thing, back then, that everybody talked about — getting the self, out, getting it on canvas. That was why abstraction was so glamorous, it  was all self. I know it must all seem very naive to your generation, who don’t believe in the self, who think the self is just a social construct, just as you don’t believe there are writers, just texts that write themselves and mean anything.”

John Updike, “Seek My Face” (2002)

"Number 1" (Lavender Mist) by Jackson Pollack, 1950, via wikipaintings.org

“Number 1” (Lavender Mist) by Jackson Pollack, 1950, via wikipaintings.org

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