Monday, October 22, 2012

More on Ralph Chubb's "The Well"


A few days ago I posted a copy of this painting. 'The Well' by Ralph Chubb and mentioned that it appeared to be such a 'mythic' construction, I was sure that someone with more knowledge of Chubb's own mythos would be able to offer more insight. And I wasn't wrong. My friend and colleague Nicholas Elm emailed to say that in Child of Dawn (1948) Chubb talks about this painting, describing it as "various types of the human family around the water spring of life" and in The Book of God's Madness (1928) he preaches the enjoyment of desire "...which wells like water from the spring,/Dam it not up with prudery's false shame ". Thank you Nicholas...

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