"I think people are afraid of beauty in painting, beauty in art for another reason.  And that is if you see something really beautiful there is a desire to hold it, to hold the moment.  And as soon as you want to hold that moment you realize that life is temporary.  That you can't.  And so every time you see beauty along with that beauty comes the sense of disappointment of life passing.  If you ignore the idea of something beautiful you ignore the idea of that pain of trying to keep it.  I think that, just now this fear is very pronounced at the end of the century and at the end of the last century as well. . . ."    Pat Steir (1998)

 

Evening Waterfall, Pat Steir

Evening Waterfall, Pat Steir