Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Guy Davenport to James Laughlin, 2/3/1993

"The whole business of the cubists has always been wrong in the public (and critical) mind. It is actually close to Ez's ideograms: Braque trusts us to recognize a violin by a few details of its parts, just as Ez can work in a poem with a single Anglo-Saxon phrase, or suggest a landscape with the wind through an olive tree. Braque was painting a particular culture (French middle class, that reads newspapers, drinks apertifs, plays a musical instruments, and has well-ordered houses with furniture)."

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