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To a non-painter, oil paint is uninteresting

“To a non-painter, oil paint is uninteresting and slightly unpleasant.  To a painter, it is the life’s blood: a substance so utterly entrancing, infuriating, and ravishingly beautiful that it makes it worthwhile to go back into the studio every morning, year after year, for an entire lifetime.  As the decades go by, a painter’s life becomes a life lived with oil paint, a story told in the thicknesses of oil.  Any history of painting that does not take that obsession seriously is incomplete.”

James Elkins, What Painting Is, p.5



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