Little Gidding

Shelton Walsmith | United States



40"h x 30"w


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    Art Description:

    In the process of creating gestural abstraction sometimes images emerge by chance. It was only after I hung this painting, first at the studio then at home, that I saw a seated figure. A ghost composed of ribbons of writhing paint. The title Little Gidding refers to T.S.Eliot's poem from The Four Quartets;
    "If you came at night like a broken king,
    If you came by day not knowing what you came for,
    It would be the same, when you leave the rough road
    And turn behind the pig-sty to the dull facade
    And the tombstone. And what you thought you came for
    Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
    From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
    If at all. Either you had no purpose
    Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
    And is altered in fulfilment. There are other places
    Which also are the world's end, some at the sea jaws,
    Or over a dark lake, in a desert or a city—"

    Medium Used: Pastel on paper

    Shelton Walsmith | United States

    A body of work should not be a cadaver evidencing life that was but rather the flash-point for life which ignites anew on each renewed encounter.