The ground supports us, and holds the beginning and the end of truth, but our intellects confuse us. Seeing it is not the problem, interpreting it correctly is the problem. As explanation I go back to the premise of Akira Kurosawa's film "Rashoman." The same event is seen by four people, and each tells a different version. Recently I have been looking at my past through my art (you can share this with me at my Pictorial History web page). Are all my works different versions of the same ground? Yesterday I promised to write about the exhibition of the Nudes of Edgar Degas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Degas did what I am doing. He repeated his subject over and over. Degas got better at expressing himself. I show three of his works, all produced well into his artistic maturity. The later work is most expressive; it does away with all but the essentials. As Degas matured he abandoned strict anatomical interpretation for expression. I am doing the same. The painting "Four at the Table" is an example; it unfolds in front of us. Version #2 is shown today.
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