In yesterday's mail I received the bimonthly member's "Preview" magazine from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. On its cover was a Degas "Nude." Instantly I recognized the approach. It was a late Degas, After the Bath, Woman with a Towel (1893-97). Degas and I had shared an experience, of seeking and finding the form, composition, and light via the immersed process of discovery. You can see this happen in my "Nude," made yesterday. Degas' Nude (below) is in pastel, my Nude (above) is in pencil. In both works the viewer experiences the same activity, Degas and I sought and found. The importance of this process of discovery, of my kinship with Degas, is new to my work. Degas and I are separated by more than one hundred years, but we have now shared the common experience of the supremacy of process in art-making. After the Degas Nude I show my first drawing from yesterday; it was made similarly.
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