Wednesday, January 5

Artaud on Van Gogh

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. And I prefer, to get out of hell, the landscapes of this quiet convulsionary to the teeming compositions of Breughel the Elder or Hieronymus Bosch, who are, in comparison with him, only artists, whereas Van Gogh is only a poor dunce determined not to deceive himself.

-- Antonin Artaud Watchfriends and Rack Screams
Translated by Clayton Eshleman and Bernard Bador