Wisdom on Wednesdays—Young couples and pseudo-artists

“It is not at all unusual to hear a newly married couple say that they will avoid children until they have acquired enough capital to support and educate them properly.  One rarely gets enough money to support and educate one’s own children properly.  Similarly artists are often heard to say that they will do pot-boilers until they have accumulated sufficient money to enable them to paint ‘as they want to.’  Well, they never do.  The young couples, like the pseudo-artists, love the neutral sterilities more than they do the positive (or even negative) trials and triumphs of real life.  For the comforts of the escaper are not life.  They are the techniques, the mechanics of life only.”  —from the essay “Room (with Bath) at the Inn” (October 5, 1941)


Woman of Kotor, oil on aluminum, c. 1930