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Maria Helena Vierira da Silva

  • Everything amazes me, and I paint my amazement which is at the same time wonder, terror, laughter. I would exclude none of my amazement. My desire is to make pictures with many different things, with every contradiction, with the unexpected. I would like to become so agile, so sure of my movements, and of my voice, that nothing could escape me, neither the buoyancy of the birds, the weight of the stone, nor the glow of metal. I would like to observe attentively the strings that pull people forward or hold them back. One should go everywhere, dance, play music, sing, fly, plunge into the depths of the sea, watch lovers, enter factories and hospitals, know by heart many poems, the code civil, and the history of nations. But, alas, painting is long, and the days are short.

    • Maria Helena Vierira da Silva,
    • 1955, in Dore Ashton, ed., Twentieth-Century Artists on Art ()

Maria Helena Vierira da Silva, Portuguese-French painter

(1908 - 1992)