The Truth and the Silence

‘When his old friend, Madame Ganderax, complimented him in front of one of his paintings, saying “Bravo Degas! This is the Degas we love, not the Degas of the Affair,” Degas, without blinking an eyelash, replied “Madame, it is the whole Degas who wishes to be loved.” (Linda Nochlin, Degas and the Dreyfus Affair)

‘The truth about about any artist, however terrible, is better than the silence… I don’t see how the “lies” we write and the “lies” we live can or should be divided. They are seamless, one canvas, for me’ (John Fowles)

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