Letters on Cézanne

Rainer Maria Rilke; Edited by Clara Rilke; Translated by Joel Agee

North Point Press

Letters On Cezanne
HÔTEL DU QUAI VOLTAIRE, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1907
... seeing and working--how different they are here. Everywhere else you see, and think: later--. Here they're almost one and the same. You're back again:1 that's not strange, not remarkable, not striking; it's not even a celebration; for a celebration would already be an interruption. But this here takes you and goes further with you and goes with you to everything and right through everything, through small things and great. Everything that was rearranges itself, lines up in formation, as if someone were standing there giving orders; and whatever is present is utterly and urgently present, as if prostrate on its knees and praying for you ...
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