Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Something Not Ourselves

“The artist who can actually get down on paper something not himself – some scheme of values of which he partakes – so that the record will not waver with time or assume grotesque perspectives as viewpoints alter and framing interests vanish, has achieved the only possible basis for artistic truth and the only possible basis for [...] endurance.” -- Critic Hugh Kenner on Ford Madox Ford's "Parade's End" c.1950. (Via Kurp)

2 comments:

c-dog said...

Awesome quote.

Yet I've never trusted anyone who tells me that there is only one possible basis or way to do this or that.

wolfBoy said...

agreed. awesome quote.

but the "only possible basis for artistic truth"? no way.