The Simplest Coercion

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The Simplest Coercion

Each portrait betrays a similar
attraction: faces

swallowed by the artist’s
eye, his sight being

beyond optic, that assumption
inherent in every expression

but one. Yet this, the self-
portrait, reveals a hint

of secrets – an unwillingness
to confront,

the simplest coercion.

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15 thoughts on “The Simplest Coercion

  1. As a painter who always struggled with portraits I can assure you the “sight being beyond optic” is indeed the heart of any artist’s work. You have articulated this beautifully.

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