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The artist wrote, “It is very difficult to resist the temptation to freeze the action in a situation such as this. Yet, you know that such a confrontation of hounds and cat is a riot of sound and movement. Something of that spirit must be caught in the painting by any means at all. Here, for one thing, the setting is largely unexplained because a riveting battle of this sort would totally dominate your awareness. As the stage director of this scene, you can make certain that the viewer shares your pre-occupation with the action by supplying him with few if any diversions. There is an overall brightness of light and color, this to further underline the excitement of the situation....”

The Artist
The Collection of Jean and J. Dawson Burns, Tucson, AZ, 1998

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