December 12, 2011


Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (May 27, 1913- September 1, 1951)

 Wols: Autoportrait 

At Cassis the stones, the fish
the rocks seen through a magnifying glass,
the salt of the sea, and the sky
made me forget that man is important,
they urged me to turn my back
on the chaos of human affairs
they showed me eternity
in the little waves of the harbor
which are always the same without being the same.
Nothing can be explained, all we know is the appearances.
All loves lead to one love, and
beyond all personal loves
there is the nameless love,
the great mystery,
the Absolute,
the cosmos
the Holy Ghost
the One
the Infinite.
The Abstract that permeates all things
is ungraspable.
In every moment
in every thing
eternity is present.

Wols, "Aphorisms" (1944)
Source: Kristine Stiles, Peter Howard Selz: Theories and documents of contemporary art:  a sourcebook of artists' writings (1996)

Wols: Les petits poissons Cassis XII-40                                                                         Wols: Cassis (1940)
Wols: Les poissons et les vagues, Cassis, 1940    


 Itt Cassisban...

Itt Cassisban a kövek, a halak,
a sziklák, miket nagyítóval láttam,
a tenger sója és a tengerég
feledtették velem az ember fontosságát.
Felszólítottak, fordulnék el
tevékenykedhetnékünk káoszától,
és a kikötő kis hullámaiban,
melyek egyre visszatérnek, és mindig mások,
az örökkévalóságra mutattak....

Tandori Dezső fordítása


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