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Thus,the vibrant greens, yellows, reds, and blues that adorned the important documents marking milestones in the lives of Germanic communities were also used to enliven furniture with similar motifs and identical colors. A distinctive group offurniture and decorative objects emerged in an area of Germanic settlement around the Schwaben and Mahantango creeks in Pennsylvania. Probably the work ofseveral craftsmen, similar painted motifs evidence a close relationship that may derive from such shared sources as fraktur and gravestones.
Other painted elements are drawn from broader decorative trends of the period,such as neodassical striping, urns, and corner quarter-fans. It is conjectured that one ofthe major contributors to this regional furniture style was Johannes Mayer,whose home was discovered to contain moldings and trims identical to those used on chests such as the Chest ofDrawers. When originally painted,it was probably a blue-green color, as the paint is composed primarily ofPrussian blue with chrome yellow and whiting.
The chest has received six generations ofresin varnish that have probably darkened to the bright green we see today. Spider relied upon conventional motifs associated with Germanic arts in America,but he interpreted such common elements as hearts,flowers, and birds in a highly. Most of his work appears on full-size blanket chests and a few smaller storage chests; it is not known whether he constructed the furniture that bears his decoration. The designs on this chest are executed in five pigments,ground in oil, that Spider used consistently: Prussian blue, white lead, red lead,lampblack,and burnt umber.
These pigments were all commercially available, and some were relatively new at the time. An analysis ofthe paint layers indicates that Spider covered the entire surface ofeach piece offurniture with a thin red ground of burnt umber. Prussian blue mixed with white lead was applied last, brushed around the designs; initials and dates were painted freehand. After the decoration was completed,the entire surface was covered with several coats ofvarnish. Hollander is senior curator and director ofexhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum.
Notes 1 Peter M. Buck, conservator and paint analyst, letter to the author, August 5, Potter, , p. Yet what may be one of the most interesting of such documents has rarely been cited. Many of the events recounted in the text show how Paine overcame the entrenched prejudices she encountered as an itinerant and as a single woman traveling alone. Roses and Thorns provides a remarkable view of the folk portrait painter and of the few women who followed Paine down the itinerant's road. It is likely that Rosesand Thorns has not been extensively referenced because of the difficulties that it presents for the reader.
Because rumors and innuendo had affected her painting commissions and relationships, Paine's autobiography omits any details that might be used to spread gossip. For example, only her parents, grandparents, and brother are named at the beginning of the page book. Not included are the names of her stepfather, who was married to her mother for thirty-nine years, her own husband and son, or many of the people she encountered throughout her lifetime. Although the autobiography is presented chronologically, the only date in Roses and Thorns is that of its completion.
For these reasons, it has been necessary for us to fully research Paine's life,. Tall for her age and manewspaper advertisements. Through this process we found ture in appearance, Paine was employed at age 15 to teach the dates, names, and locations for many of the events she at the local school. Neither cold, heat, or even storms prevent her. She certainly is a very eccentric person She seems to be a bird of passage.
She dropped here among us one day, but who she is, to whom related, or wherefrom,still remains a mystery to many. It was a comfortable life on a small farm. Her grandfather, who had "no regular salary, because his feeble health would not admit of his preaching constantly," died on August 7, Paine was an excellent student, "a favorite with the teachers, an object of envy and jealousy with the scholars," but she left school at age 11 to help care for her grandmother.
When she was 12, she was struck by a bolt of lightning that killed the woman standing next to her. According to the attending physician, she nearly died herself. I seemed to be going forward towards a large group of very young women. They had on white dresses, and looked most beautifully. Wrought work,at that time, bore a but suffered from seizures for the next several years. On October 14, , her grandmother died, and on high price, I remained until I was so far advanced in my April 9, , her mother married Nathaniel Thurber studies, as to be able to teach any of the common branches , a widower with four children.
The combined of education Paine Paine returned to her mother's home in Foster and opened a school a few miles away. For several years, she taught school during the summer and spent the winter sewing garments and embroidering. Paine continued to give her mother all of her earnings. Around this time a son named Nathaniel was born to her mother and stepfather. How could that tender mother so sacrifice her only daughter, and thus abuse the influence and control she held over her? Oh, how could she! I was led to the altar—of sacrifice! The divorce agreement gave her custody of 1' Because she had been giving your paliev al Advertisement of NotiChip her earnings to her mother, she now described herself as a Ws- rail, Who ittri.
Miss P. I thought, in this 1 ger in this place, and vris induced to coma ltistre, on the extremity, to try my hand at painting portraits, having is uf loading cmploymant. I ikflow it is Nio orkti the leo that naiire enitv painted several in crayons, which proved to be correct liketatrot is too fierimaitly t. Paine continued to teach school, and she painted portraits 1 'See ' 1? Without asking her mother for permission she knew she would not receive, she traveled alone to Portland, Maine. I hired my painting room Paine—Portrait Painter.
IP publin,t 1einfientitti ;. There was no one to Price—Oil :tietures S 8, Her sympathetic landlady, who had not demanded payPortland, Dec. P2, 1S26, I ment, asked Paine to paint her daughter with her kitten. Callers took notice of Paine and started visiting regularly. He flocked to see whether "a woman could paint a likeness? Her Finally, Paine started receiving portrait commissions.
With mother implored her to accept, however, and she finally this trip to Portland, she began her life as an itinerant agreed. On November 4, , when Paine was 27 years portrait painter. Paine described her wedHer mother wrote disapprovingly of her "clandestine ding with deep regret:"The evening was sad and dull An incident on the return trip by boat from Providence demonstrates Paine's independent character.
She realized during the passage that she was fifty cents short. She had befriended a mother and son aboard the boat but was too embarrassed to request help. The idea was preposterous! I threw myself into my berth—with the cold sweat standing in large drops, on my face. I saw the colored cabin maid, looking with admiring eyes, at my traveling basket.
Would I sell it to her? It cost me one dollar; but, as I have used it a few times—you may have it for seventy-five cents. I was enabled Many declared they never saw so happy a temperament as mine. Moving to a new boardinghouse, she had a friend publish in the local newspaper the story of her divorce using the fictitious name "Jessey," along with testimonials. Many came forward with professions of sympathy and friendship.
But with me—the wound left a scar, that never healed. After my recovery. Religion was important in Paine's life, and she was particularly proud of her ability to quote large sections of the Bible to support her assertions. Yet she struggled with her religious conviction. I was astray from the Fold of God. She again returned to Portland and was soon painting. She spent several weeks with a family living near the New Hampshire border. But my health was gradually sinking. Taken in June. Around , at age 40, Paine moved to Boston. She had "the opportunity of studying my profession, at the [Boston] Athenaeum This was very advantageous to me.
The scenery was delightful. Paine was left alone in the apartment she had set up for her mother and stepfather, and her "feelings were much hurt. Courier and six moral and religious poems in the following two years. I introduced her as my adopted daughter. On a visit to her parents' new farm, Paine was shocked when she found them "living in a sort of out-house" while her half brother Nathaniel was living in the main house with the deed to the farm in his name.
Paine always traveled by moving between boardinghouses, arriving with several letters of introduction, so that each move was based on a recommendation ofsomeone she trusted. Her visit to Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 47, around , exemplifies the problems of a woman traveling alone. She makes a clear distinction between a hotel or public house and a boardinghouse, where a lady would lodge.
This incident is the only example of Paine staying at a hotel recorded in her autobiography:"[I] proceeded alone, an entire stranger, with two introductory letters, to W[orcester], Mass. The darkness of night came on early, every female, one after another, had got out of the coach At length, about 8 o'clock in the evening, we arrived at our destination. The rain was still pouring like a flood She asked the maid to show her the outside of each door and found the adjacent rooms to be vacant.
When alone, I inserted each key on the inside, partly turned,to prevent the possible use of duplicate keys. She remained there for the winter. In the spring, Paine found that her half brother Nathaniel had sold her parents' farm and moved them back to South Killingly, Connecticut, where he operated a tavern. There she "found the poor old people looking sad and dejected," so she again moved them into an apartment.
Paine asks,"Reader, do you now comprehend the cause of my being poor? I have never received pecuniary aid from any mortal, since I was sixteen years of age. Not a solitary instance—as the reader knows. I knew not where to rest the sole of my foot I answer—that money was made to use, not to hoard. That the best time to do without what we need, is when we cannot get it. She set up her painting room and put out a sign, but her landlady closed the boardinghouse with just three days' notice. I saw no way to meet; this made me perfectly miserable by day—and haunted my dreams by night.
Paine greatly resented being taken advantage of, but she had to accept these terms. On November 2, , Paine's stepfather died in Killingly, Connecticut, and her widowed mother came to live with her in Providence. Paine also moved to Hartford, to be near her mother. She moved into a stylish boardinghouse but did little business. When the time came to return to Providence with her mother, Paine set out first to arrange accommodations. Expecting her mother's arrival, she instead "received a Telegraphic notice—to set out immediately for H[artford], that mother was at the point of death!
Since her teens, she had continuously supported her mother and stepfather. Paine found that painting relieved her grief, and six months after her mother's death she decided to go on a journey. First she traveled to Portland and took room and board with a small family. An extremely cold winter meant few portrait commissions and increased heating expenses. Another family invited her to spend the winter with them as their guest, but her pride and independent spirit did not allow her to accept the offer.
And perhaps become a guest without welcome, and a servant without pay? Shortly after this, my business increased, and I soon found my way out, without the assistance of any hand. Noyce, Corbett Susan Paine Jan 3rd and Mrs. Corbett by Susan Paine Jan 3rd Business was slow through the summer, but each day she went to her painting room. Her proud determination to be an unattached itinerant repeatedly caused her to dismiss any opportunity that might have anchored her to a specific location, or to particular people.
Only toward the end of her life did Paine ultimately settle in Providence. In the final pages of Roses and Thorns, Paine comments on the lack of respect given to the elderly, the genteel "parlor ladies" who look down on women who work, children who are "bound servants," and cruelty to animals. The autobiography concludes,"I hope to rest my weary heart where sorrow never comes, and joys are never ending And there,I hope to find perfect truth; pure, unchanging love; boundless confidence and unalloyed happiness.
An appendix features eight pages of moral poetry It is also interesting to note what Paine did not describe in Roses and Thorns. Although she advertised that she painted miniature portraits, they are never discussed in her autobiography. She barely mentions the depression of , probably the most severe economic downturn in the history ofthe United States; the monetary crisis usually looms large in autobiographies of this era. The introduction of the daguerreotype in the early s represented the end of many folk portrait painters' careers, and must have greatly affected Paine's business as well, but the effect of this competition is never mentioned.
She was always determined to continue painting, and the last dated portrait that we have located is from ,only three years before her death. In Paine continued her literary career by publishing Wait and See, a rambling Victorian novel filled with sinister villainy, moral questions, and deathbed stories. Slowly, business improved. She She describes her discouragements: "[T]o toil through writes in Roses and Thorns that she first started creating summer's heat and winter's cold Her paying my expenses..
It might have been otherwise, if first known work is a portrait of George Morillo Bartol all my employers had been honest enough, after ordering see page 64 , a signed pastel dated Signed portraits and obtaining, an expensive picture, to pay for it. Each portrait presents a solid and mother, and there was no one to turn to in difficult times. Subjects'faces are overly modeled and tend to be too round, and the flesh tones are exaggerated toward white. Hands are usually too long and not very convincing.
Linear perspective was difficult for Paine. The direction of her sitters' hands is often jarringly inconsistent with the rest of their bodies. The placement of tables and other objects is often quite awkward. The sitters' clothing, hair, and jewelry are usually painted with elaborate details. Sometimes the interests of the sitter are proudly displayed, such as the sewing implements seen with Mrs. Corbett see page 69 or the schoolbook in George Bartol's portrait.
The vast majority of Paine's signed oil portraits were painted on wood panels and are rarely on canvas. This is surprising, as she was working in urban locations where artists' canvas was readily available. She apparently preferred the wood panels and continued to paint on them throughout her life. These wood panels help make her paintings recognizable today.
They are unusually thick one half-inch , and their back and sides often have a distinct green-blue, gray-green, or red wash. Her standard thirtyby-twenty-five-inch portrait was usually painted on one large piece of wood but was occasionally composed of two pieces with a spline joint. These panels were well prepared, and today only a few show the expected cracks or bowed surface that come with age.
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In small, precise handwriting, Paine often recorded the name of the sitter, the date, and her own name on the back of the portrait. Interestingly, the George Bartol pastel is signed "Mrs. Paine," probably a reflection ofthe discomfort she felt of being a single woman. Portraits have been found on which she signed her first name as "Susan,""Susanna," or simply "S.
The children, one holding a whip and the other a knife, stand on a patterned floorcloth or Brussels carpet with a toy sled. She provides a window that furthers our understanding of the nineteenth-century American folk art portrait painter. Barry, Woman Pioneers MichaelR. Please note that despite the similarity ofname, Susanna Paine and the Paynes are not related The authors would welcome correspondence concerning Paine;they can be reached by e-mail at mpayne biodesignofny. Mellon and Elizabeth F. York Viking Press, ,P. Paine's autobiography has not been used previously as the basis ofan article describing her life and paintings.
Albro, All quotes,including italicized text, are from this source. The entire text. Ifonly a year is given,the date should be considered accurate within one or two years. Sources of dates, names,and locations include James N. We particularly note the value of Charles K.
As we have been unable to find a record of her father owning property, we cannot locate the family home. So it is not possible to determine which city would today be considered her birthplace. Paine's autobiography provides new information: that a poor student could pay her board by selling needlework produced during evenings and weekends. This low price would have given her a competitive advantage but may have also been the basis of her precarious finances. Newspaper advertisements offering art instruction are probably referring to this academy and not to Susanna Paine.
Susanna Paine is remembered as one ofthe first artists to paint on Cape Ann. The poems were published September 19, November 14 and 28,and December 26,; and February 8 and May 1, As one had to own significant property to vote in Rhode Island, 60 percent ofthe white males were ineligible. This situation fermented until those who wanted to change the state's electoral system held a separate political convention and drafted a new state constitution to address this grievance.
Both the opposition and the previously elected state legislature held their own elections, with the opposition group claiming Thomas W. Dorr to have been elected as governor. The state was divided between these groups, which began to amass arms,while President Tyler refused to intervene. A copy of this book,which was also reprinted in after Paine's death,is in the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. The text is also available on the Auburn University Library website; see n.
Paine apparently published another novel, Withering Leaves, also around ,but we have been unable to locate a copy. Corbett's portraits were accompanied by the signed portrait oftheir daughter, Mary Elizabeth; see the catalog for Sotheby's sale ,June ,,lot Roger Howlett, Childs Gallery, Boston,letter to the authors, March ;and Bernard Plomp,who sold this painting during the s,telephone conversation with the authors, June In fact, countless millions were produced by amateurs and professionals alike.
The postcards reproduced in this essay represent a narrow glimpse into these vernacular photographs that have been mostly forgotten in attics or have gone missing in the dustbins of everyday life. They were all acquired by Harvey Tulcensky, an artist with an artist's eye,and have been recently published in the book Real Photo Postcards: Unbelievable Imagesfrom the Collection ofHarvey Tulcensky. Postcards All postcards collection of Harvey Tulcensky. Photography courtesy Princeton Architectural Press. While Tulcensky organizes the cards in his beautifully printed book thematically, under such categories as "parading," "at work," and "romance," this conventional ordering system goes against the grain of what I find most compelling about real photo postcards: namely their timebound specificity and their pointedly irregular or heterogenous character.
Unlike our engagement with all-toofamiliar official histories of photography, characteristically organized by author, theme, or chronology, my recommendation is to unpack real photo postcards, instead, like a disorganized box of personal photographs and to marvel at their unique properties and vernacular inflections. Passing thoughts on passing things, real photo postcards are inspired fingers pointing beyond the frame toward the furtive pleasures, idiosyncratic poignancies, and piercing wonders of the real world and, self-reflexively, of course, to the singular wonders of the real photo postcards themselves.
This admittedly poetic approach, however, does not aim to cast our gaze up toward the ether of universal constellations of art but rather zeroes in on the here and now. Intended to be sent through the mail for a particular and familiar audience, real photo postcards are time-bound registrations of particular things, events, people, or places. Sharing little in common with the pretensions of timeless art, these messages have a workmanlike quality, bearing the. Sometimes produced by great photographers,the discrete charm ofreal photo postcards for me, however, derives instead from inspired, idiosyncratic visions, methods, and purposes rather than from professional values.
This local, particular, and contingent emphasis is elaborated on the postcard's verso, where handwritten captions and messages could also be added, thereby inscribing a personal relationship between sender frequently the photographer and original recipient. So what is a real photo postcard?
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The prototype, the real photo mailing card, dates from around but differs from the former in that it did not allow for unique, written messages on the verso because of U. Real photo postcards began to proliferate dramatically in , however, the year that the U. Postal Service allowed personali7ed messages to be written on a postcard's preprinted back, with space allotted for a message on the left and the address on the right.
Photographic images now could be printed directly onto sturdy postcard stock. The larger negatives and the photographic printing process gave the real photo postcards greater clarity relative to the vast majority of postcard images, which were printed on a lithographic press and composed of small dot patterns.
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Previously elusive or ephemeral images—a giant trout,an arrested eclipse, a neighbor sledding, a local fire—could now be captured, and thereby witnessed, by virtually anyone. What is extraordinary about real photo postcards, for me, is not that the images are "unbelievable" as the subtitle of Tukensky's book sug-. In many cases, not shown Stone, real photo postcards gave form to the Aztec, N.
Of course, Bentley's obsessive neath the incised inscription "Hail hobby of photographing snowflakes Storm. Instead of communicating with commercially produced or government-published postcards of lithographic generalities, legions of indus4 trious amateurs chose to make and distrib9 ute their own selfE. Attention to ca. Although professional photographers tially delivered was a space capable were significant producers of real of registering the infinite variety of photo postcards, amateurs produced photographic possibilities; even when and exchanged idiosyncratic views of commercialized in the popular form the world beyond the scope of the of travel or tourist cards, they freimages otherwise found embedded in quently manage to multiply heterogeneity and to resist classification.
In professional photography. To see them today is to recall ices and entrepreneurs, who sought the dawn of vernacular photography out contingent, generally inacces- and the luminous, passing wonder of sible, and, above all, local subjects: its early registrations. To see them tosomeone's wife, dwarfed by "A Del day is to recover sepia-toned facts and.
To see them today is to remember the wonder, to remember that we lived where dusk had meaning. Like other photographic indices, the images cut us to the quick by reinscribing that which was in the present tense of that which is. But while they.
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Knowingly or not, amateurs would adopt the visual rhetoric of professional photography or even professional painting and, what is more,they also sometimes played with photographic fictions. One of my favorite types of professionally produced. Still, some of the pleasure they delivered derived, no doubt, from their winking, paradoxical claims to representing truth. Even though exaggeration cards were distributed as more commercial "souvenir cards," these commemorative oddments still manage to communicate with unofficial, local, and quirky dialects.
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Snapshots were intended, for the most part, as private commemorations, but real photo postcards supported other purposes: to engage brief communication over long distances, especially significant in the pre-telephone era. Modest, idiosyncratic, and above all unique—even when they were widely reproduced—real photo postcards retain a special access to particular, timebound messages, especially when the sender was also the photographer; the postmark on the address side of the card, however, does not cancel their uncanny power to deliver their arresting registrations of the here and now to the present viewer, one more time, with feeling.
These are not impersonal, timeless, official views but rather idiosyncratic messages with passing impressions of passing things that pierce us with their particularity—what Roland Barthes described as a photograph's punctum, "this wound, this prick, this mark made by a pointed instrument. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on all shop items.
Art,in New York,in The author is grateful to Kerry Schuss for commissioning the earliest version of this essay. The U. Postal Service estimates that almost million mostly lithographic postcards were mailed in the United States in alone. Printing options varied at the advent of amateur photography; early on,Eastman Kodak offered customers the option of mailing the entire camera back to its Rochester, N.
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Joseph M. He had served with dedication as a trustee ofthe American Folk Art Museum for 30 years and had helped the institution build a comprehensive permanent collection oftranscendent beauty and historical importance. Although the cancer from which he suffered was incurable, he decorated his hospital room with objects from home,kept a stack of books beside his bed to read, and welcomed friends with a stoical courtliness that revealed his formidable inner strength.
When Cy Nelson spoke, he did so quietly and in measured cadences, although his voice was impressively deep and resonant. In he and I attended a memorial service at a church in Brookline,Mass. When the congregation began to sing the hymn "The New Jerusalem," with its stirring words by William Blake,Nelson's voice soared above the others:"Bring me my bow of burning gold! Because of his culture. He worked closely,for personal reticence and modesty, example,with Carol E Jopling, an for example, he was less well recanthropologist whose fieldwork ognized professionally than his was with Zapotec weavers in distinguished career warranted, Oaxaca,Mexico,on the publicabut his work nevertheless was tion by Dutton in ofher widely influential.
Nelson, voice in the American decoradevelopment of his interests as tive and folk arts—especially in Robert Bishop, director ofthe the documentation,study, and ing. A cum laude graduAmerican Folk Art Museum from appreciation ofquilts as an art ate ofthe Hotchkiss School,in to Lakeville, Conn.
Nelson met ther, Cyril Arthur Nelson,taught received prizes for excellence in him at an antiques show in , at Johns Hopkins University. A history and other subjects; he also and the two became fast friends. Nelson also began to buy antiques Nelson later received an academic As a Princeton University underfrom Bishop—first some pieces appointment at Rutgers University graduate, Nelson continued to of American furniture and then and taught there for many years. His grandbachelor's degree from Princeton, Although he was not a collecmother Sophie Anna Macy,a con- Cyril Nelson secured an editorial tor earlier in his life, Nelson was tralto, had taught at the Mannes position with E.
Remarkably,his entire his family owned two adjacent warm and abiding connection to career—more than 50 years— summer homes on Monhegan his family,especially to his mother, would be spent with the New Island, Maine,that were furElise Hastings Macy Nelson,who York publisher. Nelson's had a great influence on him and known for the long hours that he mother was an admirer ofthe his interest in the arts, and an dedicated to his work,and for his Rocldand, Maine,antiques adoptive grandmother,Elinor preference for working alone,even dealer David Rubinstein,from Irwin Holden,whose kindness when assistants were assigned to whom she purchased several and generosity were imporhim;in fact, as a senior editor he pieces of 18th- and 19th-century tant factors in his upbringing.
Although Through his Macy forebears, mail and type his own letters. Other times it was to chat or comment on an article in Folk Art or one of the museum's exhibitions. In the course of these conversations, Cy would often be reminded of a story, and we would be off on reminiscences about his "dear mother" or grandmother, excursions into another time and place that for me were almost literary, evocative of the stories of Henry James or F.
Scott Fitzgerald. True to his genteel upbringing, Cy was precise in his speech and formal in his manner. In person he was a tall and imposing figure, but I was always struck with an impression of pastels: bright-pink cheeks, baby-blue eyes, a shock of white hair; he was given to wearing yellow ties and lightblue jackets. Cy had a formidable intellect and an unquenchable curiosity. His memory was legendary and never failed him.
His aesthetic interests extended from textiles to architecture to food, and he could recall the page of each photograph that graced every book published under his imprimatur. Cyril Irwin Nelson was a gracious, modest, and generous man. A true friend to the museum for many, many years, I miss him, and I miss his beautiful voice intoning, "Stacy, my dear, it's Cy. Every year shortly before Christmas, when I was serving as curator of the museum. Cy would call and ask whether I was going to be in the office the following week, because he had a few things he wanted to bring in for me to look at.
After the first year, I knew never to plan vacation for those days. Without fail, he would show up with two large shopping bags filled with magnificent quilts that he wanted to give to the museum. He had traveled by subway to our offices so that he could make the delivery in person, even though we always offered to arrange for an art handler to pick up these valuable textiles. It was much like Santa himself arriving with a bag full of goodies. On a personal note, I was also deeply touched when Cy designated one of his donations to the museum as a gift in my honor.
Perhaps he had run out of honorees he did manage to toast most of the quilt world in this manner , but I think he also realized that I was as much taken with.
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Nelson said that his interest in this engaging watercolor was the original source of his fascination with folk art. This work of art is now in the permanent collection ofthe American Folk Art Museum. The Fellow Actor takes the bottle of talcum powder from the table and approaches the Actor on the bed. The Actor lies down on the bed; places his right hand on the heart and his left arm over his head imitating the Bacon painting.
The same ritual proceeds until no blood and eggs are left. The Actor pisses his pants. The spotlight goes out. The Fellow Actor picks up the heart and walks over to the table; he rinses the heart with lightning fluid; wraps it in bandages and places it in the metal bowl. He picks up the hammer and smashes the first of the three framed photographs; picks out the photograph from the broken frame, cuts it into pieces with the scissors and presses the pieces into the animal heart.
The same ritual proceeds until all the photographs have been cut up and pressed inside the heart. The Fellow Actor steps back; watches the fire until it is extinct. Lights out. The music stops. Anthology: Thomas De Quincey - The Collected Writings of Thomas De Quincey , vol …any of us would be jealous of his own duplicate: and, if I had a doppelganger who went about personating me, copying me, and pirating me, philosopher as I am I might be so far carried away by jealousy as to attempt the crime of murder upon his carcase: and no great matter as regards HIM.
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