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Thanks for that Corot. I use the cliche verre process myself, it's my primary work process.

I read that Corot had a photographic memory and could look at a landscape once and then draw it from memory so accurately, he could remember every leaf. Of course they say a lot of crazy things about artists.

John F. Ptak

Thanks for that story on Corot, Charles. Are you familiar with Stephen Wiltshire? A different sort of talent with a autistic-savant deep memory for cityscapes http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/19/artist-david-wiltshire-dr_n_903638.html There was a BBC (?) story on him where he was taken above a city in a helicopter, hovered for a bit, and then descended, where he went to a studio and started to immediately draw that city from memory. Very deeply impressive. ALSO: I would like to see examples of your work!


I've seen Wiltshire's work, that is a phenomenon all of its own. I personally don't think Corot was at that level of photographic memory, but it's the sort of legend that develops when you draw every leaf with such certitude. That cliche verre is just stunning, it has a whole different type of certitude, I didn't expect that from Corot.

Alas, I can't really show my own cliche verre work (btw, is that plural cliches verre or cliche verres?) because they are irreproducible in any other media. I use transparent metallic inks that have a strange reflective sheen, you can't really see the effect except firsthand. I can't scan them or photograph them. Well, I could scan them, but they would be lifeless. But in person.. I had one viewer tell me the prints shined so brightly, they gave her a migraine!

You know, the funny thing is, I didn't even know that my prints were cliche verre until I met up with my old art school photo professor, several decades after I studied with him. He said I should see his cliche verre, and I was surprised that it was the same technique I used. I swear I didn't learn it from him, I developed it (oops pun unintended) all on my own.

BTW, that was a hell of a collection of paintings, with my favorite Futurists, and I didn't think anyone had ever heard of Rayonism.

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