24 April 2011

Quotable Powell #82

I was attending the private view, partly for business reasons, partly from a certain weakness for bad pictures, especially bad portraits. Such a taste is hard to justify. Perhaps the inclination is no more than morbid curiosity to see how far the painter will give himself away. Pictures, apart from their aesthetic interest, can achieve the mysterious fascination of those enigmatic scrawls on the walls, the expression of Heaven knows what psychological urge on the part of the executant...

[Anthony Powell; The Acceptance World]
[Contributed by Elwin Taylor]

04 April 2011

Quotable Powell #81

Nina Hamnett let her own art drift on her return from Paris in 1926, but she never lost the commanding position she had in Fitzrovia's bohemia, nor what Anthony Powell, who was briefly her lover, said was her 'unshakeable confidence in her own myth'.

[Mike Pentelow & Marsha Rowe; Characters of Fitzrovia; Pimlico Books (2001)]
[Contributed by Keith Marshall]