Sunday, 4 January 2015


Carrington, on the other hand, believed that art derived from and was a distillation of personal experience. Gertler must be made to accept her at her own estimate, instead of treating her as a mere embryo to be incubated in a man's passion, hatched out into a common sluttish mistress or submissive dowdy wife and helpmate. Realising that if she surrendered herself to his desires she might also have to relinquish her hold over him, she refused to comply with his authority. His crude insensibility, his trick of plunging into intimate life without waiting for the ripening of intimacy, his rough and tyrannical rages repelled her and roused her own fighting qualities so that she gathered all her forces to resist him.

Lytton Stracey (by Michael Holroyd)

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