“Franz said, â€˜Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. Weâ€™ve always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. Thatâ€™s what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. Itâ€™s unintentional. It arose independent of human design, like a stalagmitic cavern. Forms which are in themselves quite ugly turn up fortuitously, without design, in such incredible surroundings that they sparkle with a sudden wondrous poetry.â€™
Â Â Sabina said, â€˜Unintentional beauty. Yes. Another way of putting it might be â€œbeauty by mistake.â€ Before beauty disappears entirely from the earth, it will go on existing for a while by mistake. â€œBeauty by mistakeâ€ â€“ the final phase in the history of beauty.â€™
Â Â And she recalled her first mature painting, which came into being because some red paint had dripped on it by mistake. Yes, her paintings were based on â€˜beauty by mistakeâ€™, and New York was the secret but authentic homeland of her painting.
Â Â Franz said, â€œPerhaps New Yorkâ€™s unintentional beauty is much richer and more varied than the excessively strict and composed beauty of human design. But itâ€™s not our European beauty. Itâ€™s an alien world.â€™
Â Â Didnâ€™t they then at last agree on something?
Â Â No. There is a difference. Sabina was very much attracted by the alien quality of New Yorkâ€™s beauty. Franz found it intriguing but frightening; it made him feel homesick for Europe.”