Monday, January 30, 2012

Superhuman focus ...

... Dan Neil on the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Van Gogh Up Close - (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It's not surprising that Van Gogh found transcendence in a "blade of grass"—an image he perhaps borrowed from the Calvinist critic Thomas Carlyle. And Van Gogh was not the only artist possessing a Zen-like zoom lens. Ms. Kienle might as easily have name-checked T.S. Eliot, who writes in "Four Quartets": "We must be still and still moving / Into another intensity / For a further union, a deeper communion."

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