William Harsh: On Painting & Picasso

William Harsh, Emergency, 2008, oil on canvas, 42 x 50 inches (source: williamha
William Harsh, Emergency, 2008, oil on canvas, 42 x 50 inches (source: williamharsh.com)

DeWitt Cheng shares wonderful excerpts from a conversation with painter William Harsh.

Of Picasso Harsh notes: "“One of my favorite quotes from Picasso… 'The kind of painting I like is the kind you can drive a nail through.' … Physical, clear, no question…. You nail it, you nail it, it's like artillery, to the right, to the left, you get it…. Picasso is a great engineer. He is a great nailer, and he just wants to nail it in the right place. Guston was like that, too, It's an ethical position as well: the correct and just distribution of forms."