WILLYS DE CASTRO
Final study for painting N°112, July/August 1956
So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.
Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return.
“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”
British, born Germany, 1904-1983
Gelatin silver print
9 x 7⅝ in. (22.8 x 19.4 cm)
Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York, USA
© 2014 Estate of Bill Brandt