Door, John Lyons (oil on canvas)
“If the doors of perception
every thing would appear to man
as it is, Infinite.
For man has closed himself up,
till he sees all things
thro’ narrow chinks
of his cavern.”
from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-93)
The painting illustrating today’s text is a reading of Willem de Kooning’s A door to the sea, held at the Whitney Museum in New York. It is perfectly legitimate for one painter to base a painting on an existing work by another artist. Think of the plethora of nativity or crucifixion scenes in Renaissance art. In its own way, a door may represent a nativity or a crucifixion.