Lucebert’s visual art makes a similarly spontaneous impression, as if his paintings and drawings were sudden inspirations; that they simply originated from a blot of ink or paint and the rest grew naturally. Lines are seldom tight and straight, but rather shaky and irregular. For him, there was no such thing as a mistake, only an accidental lead for the artwork to be taken in new directions. Or as the title of Dutch expert Cyrille Offermans’ book on Lucebert’s work on paper aptly summarises it: Vlek als levenswerk (Blot as a life’s work). This wonderful quote by Lucebert himself indicates how physical (or physically oriented) his visual practice was:
Every painting has a bloodstream, let the painting breathe, let it raise its heart rate, so let it have its own will, own opinion and its own yearning, let it be fulfilled what it ultimately strives for, that the painting will be able to make a painting itself. Paintbody live!