11″ x 14″
These group portraits of musicians, they remind me of something Cézanne said about his still-lifes, like “I’m not interested in apples, I’m interested in how I perceive apples. I feel that way about the musicians (his apples are better paintings, but that’s comparing apples and…).
I went looking for that quote but couldn’t find it, but instead found lots of other things Cézanne said, some very odd, and decided to string them into a paragraph. It makes a strange little proclamation. I know you’re not supposed to jam together other peoples words, but it’s fun and I’m not a journalist, so here we go:
“Tell me, do you think I’m going mad? I sometimes wonder, you know. Painting is damned difficult – you always think you’ve got it, but you haven’t. A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I’m every inch a painter. I want to die painting. I am the primitive of the method I have invented. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not really possible to help others. We live in a rainbow of chaos. I allow no one to touch me.” – Paul Cézanne