Thursday, November 29, 2007

the extreme summit of grace...

carlo carra letter

"it is the 'ordinary things' that work our souls in such a beneficial way that we attain the extreme summit of grace; and he who abandons them falls inevitably into the absurd, that is, the void, both plastically and spiritually. for this reason, our opinion is that tranquil happiness is the most elevated rapture ever evolved by man...for 'ordinary things' reveal the forms of simplicity that tell us of a superior state of being, which constitutes the splendid secret of art. but when the flashes of inspiration of 'ordinary things' so rarely repeated, illuminate art, they create those essentials that are most precious for us...one could say that in this way we rise from the depths to the surface like flying fish."

carlo carra' 1918

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