He comes over from London and he sees a good picture and takes a pencil out of his pocket and you watch him measuring it on the pencil with his thumb. Sighting on it and measuring it and seeing exactly how it is done. Then he goes back to London and does it and it doesn’t come out right. He’s missed what it’s all about.
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
The words posted above are Hemingway’s recollection of Gertrude Stein’s description of the painter Wyndham Lewis. She always referred to him as “the measuring worm” because he seemed to believe that art could be quantified by the correct arrangement of techniques. From her perspective, Lewis was always assessing other painters’ works in terms of design elements, beleiving that if he copied those elements he would create the same quality of paintings.
These words have remained…
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