STUDY CONCERNING CLARK ASHTON SMITH No. 12, 14 1/4" X 15", MIXED MEDIA

Vandals broke into the old Smith cabin, wrecking the inside...scattering his collection of books, manuscripts, and papers...overturning his few pieces of furniture and spilling the urns containing his parents' ashes...later vandals would burn his cabin to the ground.

"Romanticism--a type of expression in art that emphasizes the personal and rebellious. The rejection of one's environment in favor of something far away in time and space..."

—Encyclopedia of Painting Bernard S. Myers-Editor

"I lie down to sleep, and I dream, I see Chinese texts--mutitudinous, weird, mysterious--fleeing by me, all in one direction: ideographs white and dark, upon sign-boards, upon paper screens, upon backs of sandalled men. They seem to live, these ideographs, with conscious life, they are moving their parts, moving with a movement as of insects, monstrously, like Phasmidea. I am rolling always through low, narrow, luminous streets in a phantom Jinrikisha, whose wheels make no sound."

—Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan By Lafcadio Hearn

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