Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Peter Doig and Simone Weil on Painting

Peter Doig, "Blotter" 1993, Oil on canvas, 249 x 199cm

"All great painting gives the following impression: that God is in contact with its point of view regarding the world, with the perspective of it, without either the painter or the person admiring the picture being there to disturb the tte--tte. Whence comes the silence of all great painting." When we look at such pictures we are in a sense not there. We are only eavesdropping (the visual equivalent of eavesdropping) on God's view of the world. " Simone Weil

(I assume the "tte--tte" is a transcription from her writings that is illegible - full article here.)

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