Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told I–XXI series

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told I, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told II, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told IV, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told V, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told XII, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told XV, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told XVII, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told XX, 2013

Francesco Clemente's A Story Well Told XXI, 2013

Series | A Story Well Told I–XXI

Man is mystical
Woman magical
Man with the grace of woman
Woman with the mentality of man
This the combine true

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I write what I do not know
that I might therefore know—
To write what I know
teaches me nothing
And if I cannot teach myself
how can I hope to teach you—

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Wisdom is the true freedom
Yet how Truth imprisons!

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—Gregory Corso

 

A story well told is a story that one recognizes, as if you’ve heard it before. Watercolors are about fluidity and the experience of male verses female is about fluidity. It’s a simple encounter, watercolors, man, woman, and the relentless desire of life to live.
—Francesco Clemente

A Story Well Told (2013) is a series of twenty-one watercolors, completed by Clemente in Varanasi after a mystical encounter with Daphne, a wood-nymph from Greek and Roman mythology. Like in Ovid’s classical tale, Clemente observed her metamorphosis into a tree, re-imagined in the present series through the ethereal quality of watercolor, emphasizing a dream-like state infused by desire and longing.

 

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told I
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told II
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told III
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told IV
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told V
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told VI
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told VII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told VIII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told IX
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told X
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XI
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XIII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XIV
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XIX
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XV
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XVI
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XVII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XVIII
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XX
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

Francesco Clemente
A Story Well Told XXI
2013
Watercolor on paper
11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches (29.5 × 21 cm)

All images: Courtesy of Francesco Clemente Studio; Collection of the Artist, New York. Photos: Tom Powel Imaging

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