Friday, March 7, 2014

"Index" (Paul Violi)

Paul Violi

Hudney, Sutej IX, X, XI, 7, 9, 25, 58, 60, 61, 64
Plates 5,10, 15
Childhood 70, 71
Education 78, 79, 80
Early relationship with family 84
Enters academy, honors 84
Arrest and bewilderment 85
Formation of spatial theories 90
“Romance of Ardoy, The” 92
Second arrest 93
Early voyages, life in the Pyrenees 95
Marriage 95
Abandons landscape painting 96
Third arrest 97
Weakness of character, inconstancy 101
First signs of illness, advocation
of celibacy 110
Collaborations with Fernando Gee 111
Composes lines beginning: “Death, wouldst that I
had died / While thou wert still a mystery." 117
Consequences of fame, violent rows,
professional disputes 118, 119
Disavows all his work 120
Bigamy, scandals, illness, admittance of
being “easily crazed, like snow.” 128
Theories of perspective published 129
Birth of children 129
Analysis of important works:
Wine glass with fingerprints
Nude on a blue sofa
The drunken fox trappers
Man wiping tongue with large towel
Hay bales stacked in a field
Self portrait
Self portrait with cat
Self portrait with frozen mop
Self portrait with belching duck 135
Correspondence with Cecco Angolieri 136
Dispute over attribution of lines: “I have
as large supply of evils / as January has
not flowerings.” 137
Builds first greenhouse 139
Falling-out with Angolieri 139
Flees famine 144
Paints Starved cat eating snow 145
Arrested for selling sacks of wind
to gullible peasants 146
Imprisonment and bewilderment 147
Disavows all his work 158
Invents the collar stay 159
Convalescence with third wife 162
Complains of “a dense and baleful wind
blowing the words I write off the page.” 165
Meets with Madam T. 170
Departures, mortal premonitions, “I think
I’m about to snow.” 176
Disavows all his work 181
Arrest and pardon 182
Last days 183
Last words 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190

"Index" appeared in the 1982 collection Splurge. Paul Violi died in 2011 at the age of 66.

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