Self-Portrait, c. 1918, – Chaïm Soutine – Source: Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection (Source)

Once I saw the village butcher [in his youth, in Russia] slice the neck of a bird and drain the blood out of it. I wanted to cry out, but his joyful expression caught the sound in my throat… This cry, I always feel it there. When, as a I drew a crude portrait of my professor, I tried to rid myself of this cry, but in vain. When I painted the beef carcass it was still this cry that I wanted to liberate. I have still not succeeded. (Chaïm Soutine – ©

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