„What is seen and called the picture is what remains – an evidence. Even as one travels in painting towards a state of 'unfreedom' where only certain things can happen, unaccountably the unknown and free must appear. Usually I am on a work for a long stretch, until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanished and the paint falls into positions that feel destined. The very matter of painting – its pigment and space – is so resistant to the will, so disinclined to assert its plane and remain still. Painting seems like impossibility, with only a sign now and then of its own light. Which must be because of the narrow passage from a diagramming to that other state – corporeality. In this sense, to paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.“

12 Americans, by Dorothy C.Miller, New York, 1956. p. 36
1950 - 1960

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—  Clyfford Still American artist 1904 - 1980

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—  Marc Chagall French artist and painter 1887 - 1985

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Confessions of a Young Man http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12278/12278-h/12278-h.htm (1886)

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