Raymond Pettibon on Victor Hugo

"Sometimes, I think Hugo had the 'bug' of the ink. I know what that is like - it can become an extension of you. It is in your blood. What he did was establish some kind of relationship, an affection or love, between the work and himself. It was an act of generous collaboration between one's hand, one's mind, the paper, the ink and the gesture. The result is that his drawings look just right." 

Above: Victor Hugo, Octopus with the Initials V.H., c. 1866, Pen, brush, sepia ink and wash on cream paper

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