"The first painting was the line painted around the
shadow of a man projected upon a wall. . . . Expe-
rience, the mother of all the arts and sciences, does not
cause men to err, but rather imagination, which allows
them to sense what experience cannot teach them."
LEONARDO DA VINCI
Discipline and Attitude
FOR Stravinsky, inventive intelligence, far from drying up a work of art, is on the contrary a fertilizing influence, for it strives to organize dogmatically the dissimilar elements of rebellious matter.
Is Stravinsky indifferent to the thematic material that he makes use of, as some of his critics claim? Is he some diabolical Pygmalion, who, thanks to a mysterious and inexhaustible skill, knows how to create a work of art, a Galatea, from sonorous clay? His Galateas are numerous indeed. . . . One does not become a Pygmalion by wishing to be one, and technical skill that would have reached such a degree of mastery and infallibility, without regard to the quality of the materials employed, would be tan-