Quote of Note | Francesco Clemente

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By Stephanie Murg

“Number is always important to me, just as it is important for the tarots. One of the descriptions of them is that they are number, word, and image: the three veils of reality. In my practice as a painter, for a reason that is incomprehensible to me, but one that has been present from the beginning, I can only work if I work in a series, if I count the number of works that I have created in that series. For me this is a way of approaching this source of the image, it is a way of opening the door: first one has to count, then one has to name, then one sees the images.”

-Artist Francesco Clemente, quoted in an essay by curator Max Seidel that appears in Francesco Clemente: The Tarots (Hirmer)