The Visitor

Kitaj quotes the following, from a letter of Arthur Miller to Saul Bellow:

“From time to time there will be a visitor who is very dear to me, but who is unfortunately recognized by approximately a hundred million people, give or take three or four. She has all sorts of wigs, can affect a limp, sunglasses, bulky coats, etc., but if it is possible I want to find a place, perhaps a bungalow or something like, where there are not likely to be crowds looking in through windows. Do you know of any such place?”

Hilarious. Kitaj then talks about intermarriage as a metaphor for his kind of art, but one could swerve in another direction and see this visitor as a personification of painting, beloved of many but choosing who she wills. At this point I could post an obvious piece by Warhol, today known by more people than its original, but I would rather include this:

Paul Galdone, Goldilocks

Paul Galdone, Goldilocks 1972

I love Galdone’s characterization of this girl—just right for someone who spilled things, broke them, messed them up, then ended up in someone else’s bed but fell asleep. I also love eroticism in art, but painting is not necessarily always available for the artist’s pleasure and satisfaction; this has something to do with obstacles. What happened to Goldilocks after her adventure in the bears’ house? Nobody knows, but it would make a great story.

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