Henri: You draw diagrams?
Emilie: For books, manuals, yes.
Henri: Art for instructional purposes.
Emilie: More instruction than art.
Henri: Do you ever paint just for pleasure?
Emilie: Sometimes. Recently I…
Emilie: Oh, nothing.
Henri: Go on.
Emilie: Well, I painted a bison.
Henri: For…instructional purposes?
Emilie: The cave paintings at
Emilie: I don’t usually draw for pleasure.
Henri: Did you find, like Picasso, that after
Emilie: Picasso was given to overstatement.
It helps clarify our minds to explain why we do something. Henri may be following the kind of conversation that might occur in a film by Truffaut or Bresson. But his probing and encouragement suggest something is at the back of his mind. One wonders whether his recollection of Picasso’s remark was truly spontaneous or germinated as a subscript.