Poster by graphic designer Dallas Guffey for an exhibition of student posters about
historic pencil sharpeners from the P.D. Whitson Collection. Department
of Art, University of Northern Iowa.
Violette de Mazia, quoted in
Robert Bruce Williams, ed., John Dewey, Recollections (Washington DC:
University Press of America, 1970), p. 9.
[American philosopher John]
Dewey’s observations on art were sometimes characterized by a remarkable
spontaneous insight. On one of his frequent visits to The Barnes Foundation
during Dr. [Albert C.] Barnes and I were looking at the collection with him, he
stopped in front of a [painting by Paul] Cézanne, The Bibemus Quarry, and said with the air of tossing off an
incidental remark, “If you were to explode a bomb in the middle of this
landscape you would have a [painting by Chaim] Soutine.”