“When the artist is truly the servant of the work, the work is better than the artist; Shakespeare knew how to listen to his work, and so he often wrote better than he could write; Bach composed more deeply, more truly than he knew; Rembrandt’s brush put more of the human spirit on canvas than Rembrandt could comprehend.”
Madeleine L’Engle: from Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith & Art, Page 24 (Harold Shaw Publishers; Copyright 1980 by Crosswicks).
I learned from Madeleine’s website that November 29 is the anniversary of her birthday. She would have been 94. Her work is ever-new and her spirit lives. I continue to learn from her, and through her, I also found Luci Shaw’s poetry and prose. They wrote a beautiful book together called Friends for the Journey (1997; Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, Michigan; copyright by the two authors).
The Rembrandt painting is courtesy of wpclipart.com.