Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Splash du Jour: Tuesday

Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.
-- Pablo Picasso –

I agree with him, even though I cannot pinpoint which author best illustrates what Pablo is saying. Hmmm... maybe Tolstoy? Yet I cannot see Leo Tolstoy painting.
But he does paint when he writes.
Which author would you say is “painting with words”?


Have a great Tuesday!
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3 comments:

Beth said...

Not sure if this fits with what Picasso is saying, but what immediately came to mind was Hemingway - as a minimalist "painter" of words.

Merisi said...

Andreï Makine, Once Upon the River Love, Orhan Pamuk, "Snow" ("Snowflakes swirling out of the sky like feathers"), to name two non-Anglosaxons.

Isabella said...

Ivan Turgenev.