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"The image is a pure creation of the spirit. It cannot be born of any comparison, but only of bringing together two more or less distant realities. The more the interconnections between the juxtaposed realities are both distant and 'correct', the stronger the image will be - and the greater its emotional power and poetic reality.

When we bring two opposite poles together in whatever fortuitous way, a special light is sparked- the light of the image to which we are infinitely sensitive. The value of the image depends on the beauty of the spark; it is, therefore, the function of the difference in potential between two conductors. When this difference scarcely exists, as in this simile, no speak is produced. "

Taken from Ernst, Miró, and the surrealists by Crispolti 

 

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