Sunday, April 6, 2008

being understood on paper

Thomas Merton (Father Louis, O.C.S.O.), Novice Master at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, Kentucy. Study by Victor Hammer, 1961, for a lost panel painting.

Toward the end of 1961, Merton was persuaded to sit for a portrait by Victor Hammer. The drawing Victor made is Merton as the archetypal monk – neither young nor old, reflective, elsewhere.

Merton wrote in his journal that day:
“The patient, human work of sitting and talking and being understood on paper. How different from the camera!”

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