However, the intellectual mastering of the work finally makes of it a museum exhibit, a subject for a doctoral thesis, an element of intellectual speculation. History, which is written, sights painting, sculpture and engraving, and hides them behind the ideas it draws from them and the language suggested by them.
Esthetic and philosophic understanding misrepresent the works by reducing them to words. Most of all, it takes no account of the most important qualities, which can only be seen and not read-the vitality, the generosity.
Pierre Descargues, 1974