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Picturing a World

Marie Cazin’s quarried stone

Blog post tip: Stone Yard in a post on Marie Cazin at Beside the Easel brought touch and texture to mind: this is an easier sense to put into words than smell—though wouldn’t it be good to capture the smell as well as the feel of rough-cut stone in the sun? If I were trying to describe Marie Cazin’s Stone Yard, I think I would concentrate on the blockiness, which actually looks a bit like cheese to me. Compare it to John Singer Sargent’s Bringing Down Marble from the Quarries to Carrara, which has more motion and looks even hotter.

Cazin is new to me. For a painting of hers at the Tate in London, with a short biography, click here.

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