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Purvis Young
Cloaked Sage
late 1990s
Skot Foreman Fine Art
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PURVIS YOUNG: SOCIAL EXPRESSIONIST
by Donald Kuspit


A miraculous state of affairs, when one stops to consider it: the creation of beauty out of squalor, inner riches out of external need. There are innumerable men and women who, given every conceivable advantage and encouragement, can create nothing at all. . . . The achievement of these artists is not in the least diminished by its having been wrought with clumsy hands. Of course the hands were clumsy. They were not only hands of genius, but plebian hands, as well. Emotional verity, not clumsiness, is the prime common quality of their work.
-- Wilhelm Uhde

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