‘An underlying deliberation’

On painter Stanley Whitney, about whom I knew nothing before reading this article, which contain the following wonderful passage.

They provide keys to an underlying deliberation, in the paintings, which lets the colors feel spontaneous and inevitable in orchestrations that look similar at first but distinguish themselves by decisive adjustments of design.

It’s as if, for each painting, Whitney had climbed a ladder and then kicked it away. A viewer on the ground can only wonder how he got up there.

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