|Art History Poster © Bailey Higgins 2015|
William Carlos Williams, The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams. New York: Random House, 1951, pp. 120-121—
[American expatriate painter Elihu Vedder in Italy] lived on a bare height somewhere in the fields of central Capri above the sea, and showed us his device for ridding his studio of flies. The screen door at the entrance was arranged in the usual two panels, one above, one below, a crosspiece in the center. But this crosspiece was set an inch back from the wire mesh, above and below, these edges thus remaining free.
"Flies always want to get out," he explained to us, "and will fly to the screen and the light of day. But we prevent them from escaping by barring the exits. [Instead] I leave a space for them. Thus I don't have flies." And he didn't, not many.
To teach is to learn twice.