A Commonplace Book


A1

Most people innocently think that a painter or a musician or a poet has an experience, and then goes and writes it down, or paints it down. That's not at all what happens. What the poem or the painting or piece of music is, is an experienced person working with a medium, and what turns out to be the poem of the piece of music or the picture, as worked out in the medium, is not illustration or journalism or having a dream experience and then putting it down.

Robert Motherwell "On the Humanism of Abstraction"

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