• A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore risky to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent.

    Susan J. Barnes, John de Menil, Dominique de Menil, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman (1989). “The Rothko Chapel: An Act of Faith”, Menil Foundation