Human Parts
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Human Parts

PAST IS PROLOGUE

Faces of Jeanne and Tom

On living with a forgotten painter’s masterpiece

Painting Jeanne Redpath/photo S.B. Walker

The painting hangs over my desk. My desk is pushed against an unused fireplace, so the painting gains the authority of hanging over a mantle too. The image possesses a gaze — several, when you begin to examine it — and forms a trap for human gazes, a sink for human attention. You might…

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