By Katya Berger Andreadakis

It is a sequence of letters among the writer and paintings critic, John Berger, and his daughter Katya. This correspondance is the motor vehicle for a chain of insights into the typical lifestyles and the humanities of the nice Venetian grasp, Titian, following an uncanny incident at an exhibition of his paintings staged in Venice in 1990. whereas attending the exhibition, Katya met an previous guy, who she grew to become confident was once the ghost of the painter. the fellow engaged her in dialog approximately minute peculiarities of portray many of the photographs there. She shared the adventure together with her father in a letter. He approved the come across at face price and mentioned the old history to the outdated man's comments, looking solutions to a sequence of evidential questions about his daughter's stumble upon. From this element on, the ebook sees the 3 of them discussing portray, our bodies, animals, Greece, being a girl this present day, the consistent enigma of lifestyles, and everyday life. The ebook is illustrated with the Titian work that have been being exhibited, permitting readers to pass judgement on for themselves what the prospective customer from 4 centuries in the past has to claim to buyers.

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And right here i believe we come just about anything touching on his energy: he wore the hide of every little thing he painted. He was once attempting to be in every single place. Competing with God. He desired to create from his palette not anything under lifestyles, and to rule over the universe. And his melancholy (the doubt you requested approximately) was once that he couldn’t, like Pan, be every thing. He may basically create pictorially and put on disguises. His worry used to be of being just a guy, now not a god besides, no longer a lady in addition, no longer a wooded area to boot, no longer a mist, now not a lump of earth. Of being just a guy! Danaë’s breast – so marvellous, so suggestive, and so impalpable – finds, at one and an identical time, the entire limits and the triumph of his pictorial construction compared to God’s. i like you, Katya PARIS Kut, Do you be mindful me telling you approximately l. a. Polonaise? Bogena, she’s referred to as. She comes from a farm in japanese Poland. She got here to Paris to paintings as a cleanser in people’s apartments – frequently the residences of well-off Russian émigrés. Now she lives with Robert, who's an engineer, additionally from jap Poland. the following in Paris, he works as a builder. Black labour. They reside jointly in a studio flat in a suburb. 5th flooring – no elevate. The flat, that's no larger than a caravan, has seventy, 80 paraffin lamps prepared like ikons alongside the partitions. them all have been got in flea markets, then repaired, wiped clean, polished and given new wicks. whilst he comes domestic within the night, Robert lighting fixtures 4 or 5 of them, they usually sit down for a second to observe the flames. evenings in the past, Bogena and Robert got here to spend the night since it used to be the Russian New 12 months. They introduced pink, crystal glasses as a gift. And sausages and wine. Sitting on the desk when they spoke Russian, i attempted to attract Bogena. now not for the 1st time. I continuously fail, simply because her face is particularly cellular and that i can’t overlook her attractiveness. And to attract good, you need to omit that. It was once long gone nighttime after they left. As i used to be doing my final drawing, Robert stated ‘This is your final likelihood this night, simply draw her, John, draw her like a guy! ’ after they had long past, I took the least undesirable drawing and commenced engaged on it with colors – acrylic. With 4 tubes, water, and my palms. without notice, like a weather-vane swinging around as the wind has replaced, the portrait started to appear like whatever. Her ‘likeness’ now was once in my head – and all I needed to do used to be to attract it out, now not search for it. The paper tore. I rubbed on paint occasionally as thick as ointment. Her face started to lend itself to, to grin at, its personal illustration. At 4 within the morning, it smiled again at me. subsequent day, the frail piece of paper, heavy with paint, nonetheless seemed reliable. within the sunlight, there have been a couple of nuances of tone to alter. colors utilized at evening occasionally are usually too determined – like footwear pulled off with no being untied. Now it used to be comprehensive. every now and then through the day, I’d cross and view it: Bogena’s face had made a gift of what it might probably depart in the back of of itself. but when my drawing have been a good one, it should were even toward the strength of Bogena’s face.

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