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November 10, 2008

TT: Almanac

Has music ever been a more direct source for your painting, in a way that looking at a master has informed your painting?

Not directly, but music is often essential background while I work. But if, for instance, I am listening to Mozart or Vivaldi or some great baroque piece, and I am lying there in the dark before I go to sleep, I can see it drawn. Then I begin to see how and why the harmony occurs, and you might get a whole, beautiful, patterned order, that is so pleasurable and so generous, and is endlessly good. You can hear it over and over again, and it is always giving you something. Joy, order, invention, pleasure, truth.

Helen Frankenthaler, interviewed in The Art Newspaper (June 2000)

Posted November 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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