- Church of the Minorites
- by Lyonel Charles Adrian Feininger
- "American-born artist who was
influenced by cubism and the Bauhaus movement and developed a
delicate geometric style with intersecting planes of translucent
- The American Heritage® Dictionary
of the English Language, Third Edition
- Pirsig talks about a print of this work in ZMM
- on page 160 of Bantam's paperback. Pirsig writes:
- "On the way out I open one
more door, compulsively. There on the wall I see something which
sends a spine-tingling feeling along my neck.
- "It's a painting. I've had
no recollection of it but now I know he [his former self, Phaedrus]
bought it and put it there. And suddenly I know it's not a painting,
it's a print of a painting he ordered from New York and which
DeWeese had frowned at because it was a print and prints are
of art and not art themselves, a distinction he didn't recognize
at the time. But the print, Feininger's "Church of the Minorites,"
had an appeal to him that was irrelevant to the art in that its
subject, a kind of Gothic cathedral, created from semiabstract
lines and planes and colors and shades, seemed to reflect his
mind's vision of the Church of Reason and that was why he'd put
it here. All this comes back now. This was his office. A find.
This is the room I am looking for!
- "I step inside and an avalanche
of memory, loosened by the jolt of the print, begins to come
down. The light on the print comes from a miserable cramped window
in the adjacent wall through which he looked out onto and across
the valley onto the Madison Range and watched the storms come
in and while watching this valley before me now through this
window here, now started the whole thing, the whole madness,
right here! This is the exact spot!"
- Note that Minorites are Franciscan friars. Minorite
derives from 'minor.'
- Thanks to Nick Adams of http://www.siliconsalon.com
- for sending us a JPG of this Pirsig-related art.