08 March 2015

#126 Recession

One of the ways Powell both suggests and distances landscapes and faces is to see them through the brushstrokes of particular painters; and what the receding planes of definition and knowability in his world recall is an aspect of painting which he mentions more than once: "recession" — the receding planes of colour by which perspectives can be suggested. And in the depths of the picture, the world we are being shown opens into other, half-glimpsed, worlds beyond, like the sunlit street beyond the open door of the room in a de Hooch.

Michael Frayn; 1975
Contributed by Bruce Fleming