Saturday, December 26, 2009

Gertrude Stein on Figure-Ground

Gertrude Stein, in a letter to Carl Van Vechten in late August 1923, as published in Edward Burns, ed., The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten (NY: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp. 86-87—

Others have tried to make background foreground, but you have made foreground background, and our foreground is our background.