A Third Quote: Rilke upon viewing Cezanne’s work

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“Works of art are always the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further. The further one goes, the more private, more personal, the more singular an experience becomes, and the thing one is making is finally, the necessary, irrepressible, and, as nearly as possible, definitive utterance of this singularity… Therein lies the enormous aid the work of art brings the life of the one who must make it: that it is his epitome; the knot in the rosary at which his life says a prayer, the ever returning proof to himself of his unity and genuineness, which presents itself only to him while appearing anonymous to the outside, nameless, as mere necessity, as reality, is existence.”  (Rilke to his wife Clara)

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About Leslie D. Bartlett

I am a photographer Cape Ann Historian; as a Historian I present the heritage of Cape Ann through lectures, my photography and writings. As a photographer I stand speak on behalf of the image - most often a landscape image
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