unspoiled & undiluted

At the Washington National Gallery I saw two portraits, one by Franz Hals, the other, Rembrandt.

The subjects gaze with equanimity to the viewer, calm, composed, present, the presentation by artists unspoiled by having never seen a photograph. And as well, the subjects presenting the sense they have of themselves, undiluted by celebrity.

The world was young, every picture fresh. Old we all are now, surfeit of experience.

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