Caroline Blackwood’s Gaze

Caroline+Blackwood%2C+Walker+Evans%2C+February+1958+3“Caroline was known for her gaze. Her unflinching stare was a need to observe, to see and to know, a willingness to look on all aspects of life, especially the seamy sides others turn from. In part it was a search for knowledge; in part it was a disdain for sentimentality. In part it was her rebellion against the self-satisfied social realm she was born to: she would be the one to look on life’s ugliness and make the dreaded remark. To see was for Caroline an act of courage.” —Nancy Schoenberger, Dangerous Muse: The Life of Caroline Blackwood

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