Proud, generous, dashing and hardworking, Staël, on the edge of the abyss and torn apart by critics -"amateurs, afraid of his paintings, call it mud, car accidents!" (Jacques Laval, Un homme partagé)- keeps painting with passion. With its dense and charged palette of colors, its light spreading from the canvas as if through a fragment of stained glass, its entanglements and material growing thicker and ticker, Composition, 1944, is a vibrant and unique testimony of the work of the artist, unanimously recognized as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century.
It takes a lot of work: a ton of passion and a hundred grams of patience.
Nicolas de Staël, Lettre à Jean Adrian, Paris 1945
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