JACQUELINE AND THE FREEDOM
OF OLD AGE
Painting is stronger than I am. It makes me do whatever it wants. Picasso wrote that comment on the last page of a notebook crammed with drawings. It is inscribed in pencil, in large letters, dated 27 March 1963, as if he wished to situate precisely in time a discovery which was important to him....
If one manages to break through all resisting barriers which might temporarily impede progress, how, then, to escape vertigo? In the absence of any restraining wall, and with all completed work at one's back, there is nothing ahead but a void, a void one must make haste to conceal by immersion in a new work which—when done—will reveal the same void.