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It would be good for humanity, perhaps, if representations of its periodical descents into bestiality could be hung permanently in their private rooms and public galleries : but obviously only a masochist would get any pleasure from such a décor. Such ascetic revelations are secret, and best worn next to the skin, like hair-shirts. Etchings and drawings are therefore appropriate because we can keep them in portfolios, and go to them, as the faithful to the confessional—and as frequently. When we come to the next, and to the greatest exposer of war's horrors, it is again the swift and acid line of the etcher which proves to be the appropriate medium.
The sensibility—perhaps sensitivity is a more precise word—of Klee was infallible, and from the beginning expressed in that most sensitive of plastic media, the line (here again, Blake comes into comparison). His earliest drawings and engravings were influenced by Aubrey Beardsley's work—he comes directly out of that tradition of precise fantasy. But he could never have remained in a world of artifice and literary inspiration. He escaped by way of nature, and there is a whole phase of his work— round about 1908-12—which might be described as impressionistic.
So my line of action is very simple : never to impede his fancy ; at most to give him advice very indirectly ; to put the fate of our friendship at the mercy of his own good nature, never to force his hand to clasp mine ; in a word, to efface myself completely. . But Zola could not efface himself—the self which he became under the drive of the " character " which he possessed in abundance, but which Cézanne so evidently 41 A Goat of Many Colours lacked. For there is no contradiction between Cezanne's lack of character, a n d the consistency of his personality.
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