part of the painting’s magic is that it brings together its time and yours, its place and yours

If you have ever stood in a room in front of a painting by Munch, or Van Gogh or Rembrandt for that matter, you will know that part of the painting’s magic is that it brings together its time and yours, its place and yours, and there is comfort in that, because even the distance that is inherent in loneliness is suspended in that moment.

– Karl Ove Knausgård, in a preface for a catalog for: Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed – an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York City, November 15, 2017–February 4, 2018. (The New York Review of Books, Dec 7 2017)


  1. Post Inspiration. Rainer Maria Rilke from The Poetry of RilkeNothing is too small: against a gold background / I paint it large and lovingly / and hold it high, and I will never know / whose soul it may release.
  2. Art: Edvard Munch, “The Sick Child” (1907) via San Francisco Chronicle
  3. Quote Source – ekphora.


  1. so strong

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  2. I love this whole idea…

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  3. When I used to work in downtown Chicago I used to spend my Thursdays (free day) at the Art Institute. I would sometimes find myself looking at certain paintings for 20 minutes at a time. They all say something different.

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  4. I’m not particularly fond of E Munch (always, always have a vision of his scream in front of my eyes when I hear his name, and I HAVE see exhibitions of his works)… but am a great fan of spending much time with one painting at any time – Some of my best visits took place in Paris, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny Switzerland, Bern Switzerland, but also London, and sometimes in small(ish) places where I ‘fell in the museum/gallery’ because of circumstances (heavy rain or snowfall, missed train, sadness, 2hrs to kill)…

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