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Stella used an ordinary house-painter's brush to establish the width of the stripes and worked with commercial paints taken straight from the can. He wanted to dispel any interpretive reading of his work, commenting in 1964, 'My painting is based on the fact that only what can be seen there is there. All I want anyone to get out of my paintings and all I ever get out of them is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion. What you see is what you see.' The title of Six Mile Bottom refers to a village in England, where the poet Byron's half-sister Augusta Leigh lived.

September 2004