Having returned from our Maine studio yesterday and given over to a cold that had been perusing me, the only energy I had was to look over the photos in a book of Baroque paintings.
I had often thought of El Greco’s sky in his View of Toledo as the most important element in the painting. But I was delightfully surprised to realize how wonderful and important is the lower landscape.
Barbara and I had walked the banks of the Taos river in Toledo several times during our two weeks there. Some of my enjoyment today was because the painter had told such a truth by such abstract means. I can tell you that his visual trip through those paths are exactly what it’s like there and yet entirely successful in support of the emotional impact of the whole concept.
As a realist painter who uses the memory of a motif as much as the motif itself, I was delighted by such a fine harmony between perception and imagination.