~Frank Auerbach~ To the Studios (1979-80)
Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), Eskimo Mask (1955), gouache on paper, 104.1 x 73.7 cm. Via Artsy.
The two or three hours I spent sitting on a green plastic chair in Gascony at the weekend were very happy hours indeed. In front of me was what I love best, a slightly strange collection of trees. A mature cedar of Lebanon and a Deodar cedar, both text book examples of their individual growing habit, standing over a perfectly round cherry and a small avenue of cone shaped young cedars. It was the wonderfully satisfying brain teaser of shape in front of shape in front of shape and the moon, still bright in the perfect morning sky, slowly colliding with the trees.
When people say there is too much violence in [my books], what they are saying is there is too much reality in life..
Joyce Carol Oates