"Exaltation is a tremendous lucidity" (Le vertige est une lucidité formidable), particularly an exaltation carrying you simultaneously towards day and night, composed of two eddies turning into opposite directions. One sees too much and not enough. One sees everything, and nothing." ---Victor Hugo
Taches with fingerprints   1864-65
Brown ink and wash spread with fingers on cream paper 10x7 in.

One favorite technique of Hugo's was to develop a drawing from an ink-blot or from stains (taches). He exploited the chance element in a visionary way, by finding a recognizable form in the formless, and drawing it out.

SHADOWS OF A HAND
The Drawings of Victor Hugo

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