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Letter on the Blind II
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There's an interesting reference hidden in the title of Stella's psychedelic wall of color. The name translates to 'Letter on the Blind', and is a reference to an essay called 'Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those who See' by Diderot, a French philospher known for his art criticsm.

The essay, written in 1749, referenced new surgical techniques that allowed doctors to restore sight to certain patients who had been blind their entire lives. Stella, clearly interested in exploring optical perception in his work, snatched the title as a nod to those who had speculated about eyes and sight long before he started cranking out his dizzying canvases.