It is by no means a light or quick or easy read and, like giving up smoking, it is something that most people find themselves having to attempt on more than one occasion. But needing to take more than one run at something is not in itself a barrier finally to achieving it, nor evidence that it was too hard for its own good in the first place. It might simply be a reflection of the complexity of what the artist was attempting to depict or understand, or the degree to which their work set itself against the prevailing cultural winds of the time. Difficulty in art can, sometimes, be a matter of wilful obfuscation or unnecessary complication, of striking a pose or creating a sense of mystique. But it is not always.

—Alex Clark The Observer, Sun 3 Jun 2012 00.03 BST Comment (via davidmcintyre)

Great start to a Sunday morning.

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