Narrative Painting in the Twentieth Century
Hananiah Harari (1912 - 2000)
by Phil Beard and Chris Mullen, 1985
works discussed at the interview.
FORTUNE magazine Feb 1947
- Mine oil on canvas 50" x 40"
right - Nude Descending a Stairs , 74" x 38"-
"I felt impelled towards a renewed disposition of this subject
made notorious with the uproar over Marcel Duchamp's entry in the 1913
Armory Show. The theme has since become generic, as have themes such
as bathers, piping Pans, or reclining nudes.. But my own statement would
not or could not, be cast in Duchamp's cubist-futurist idiom. Serendipity
led me to the Pre-Raphaelite Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones whose painting
The Golden Stairs suggested a scaffold for my own. His Victorian maidens,
a saccharine demiseraphic troupe, were for me quite naturally no more
embraceable than Duchamp's metallic robots. However the sweep of Burne-Jones'
design provided my nude her stage. She makes entrance, then descends
to diverse portraits comprising not only head, but body & temper
- revealed step by step as it were, in shifting colors, light, and action.
After "performing" in choreographed (sometimes mocking) descent
, she exits below to Art and to the World. (My debt to Burne-Jones is
acknowledged in the lower right hand corner of my work, where his name
can be seen on a crumpled candy-wrapper.) "
Statement by the Artist.