Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome on the balcony of the summer house of the Andreas near Munich, 1897.

Left to right: Professor Andreas, August Endell, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Lou Andreas-Salome View Larger

Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome on the balcony of the summer house of the Andreas near Munich, 1897.

Left to right: Professor Andreas, August Endell, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Lou Andreas-Salome


A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one’s thoughts change. And when it is finished, it still goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it. A picture lives a life like a living creature, undergoing the changes imposed on us by our life from day to day. This is natural enough, as the picture lives only through the one who is looking at it.

— Conversation with Christian Zervos, 1935, reprinted in Picasso on Art


Marcel Proust
Remembrance of Things Past
(excerpt on Vinteuil’s sonata)
Translation by C.K. Scott Moncrieff
Published 1913