THE COLOR OF LIFE by Catharine Morris Wright


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This collection of thirty short essays reflects the author, now in her mid-fifties, as artist, mother and woman, in her thoughts on art and life. Recollections of her very young girlhood, trips to Europe, her father's world of noted painters, her tea with Monet, impressions of her parents' friends, her fondness for their slightly Quaker Philadelphia home and surroundings -- these are part of her looking backward. But this is not a chronology of the Morris and Wright families and their doings: it is rather that each event spoken of points up a lesson of art and, more important, life. Incidents are interwoven with and are the occasion for the author's conclusions about the manner in which a life is lived and this approach leaves the impression of reading a notebook, viewing the past from the present, sketched sensitively and occasionally sentimentally. Because she believes that ""color can speak too"", she describes some of her paintings, their settings, scenes which inspired them and their evolution, and, with her painter's eye, these become a series of pictures. Friendship, tasks undertaken, success and human relationships, here too is the artist writing as a woman and for that audience to whom Anne Morrow Lindbergh spoke with such response.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1957
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin