…and Leger said, “What are you doing here?” and I said: “I’m moving in.” And it turned out the walls of my studio were also the walls of his.
– Charlotte Perriand, 1999
1977 Royal College of Art Abbey Minor Scholarship / Florence (Ghiberti / Brunelleschi)
1978 Royal College of Art Travel Bursary / Paris (Leger)
“Writing to Gide in December 1902, Paul Valéry, that most perceptive of critics, stated: ‘To tell the truth I think that what one calls art is destined either to disappear or to become unrecognisable.’ In context his statement was extraordinary prophetic of what was to ensue and of what has taken place.”
– Peter de Francia: The State of British Art: A Debate, Day #2, ICA, London, 1978
This road is dominated by that desire for perfection and total liberation which produces saints, madmen and heroes. … The rarefied nature of its artistic formula makes it extremely vulnerable. It is a light, luminous and delicate structure, coldly emerging from the surrounding chaos.