Transparency, take 2

Then I was reading a book by Robert Henri (1865-1929) called “The Art Spirit.” He wrote:

“Look at this drawing by Rembrandt. [Note: there are no illustrations in the book.] Your mind is at once engaged by the life of the person represented. The beauty of the lines of the drawing rest in the fact that you do not realize them as lines, but are only conscious of what they state of the living person.”

To me that’s transparency. No awareness at all of words, phrases, sentence, but only the existence in the mind of the reader what was taking place on the page.


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