By Joseph-Marie Perrin
Simone Weil (1909-1943) used to be a defining determine of the 20th century; a thinker, Christian (although by no means baptised), resistance fighter, Labour activist and instructor, defined via Albert Camus as 'the in simple terms nice spirit of our time'. In 1941 Weil was once brought to Father Joseph-Marie Perrin, a Dominican priest whose friendship grew to become a key impact on her lifestyles. while Weil requested Perrin for paintings as a farm hand he despatched her to Gustave Thibon, a farmer and Christian thinker. Weil stayed with the Thibon relations, operating within the fields and writing the notebooks which grew to become Gravity and beauty and different posthumous works.
Perrin and Thibon met Weil at a time while her religious existence and artistic genius have been at their peak. through the brief yet deep interval in their acquaintance along with her, they got here to understand her as she truly was once. First released in English in 1953, and now brought by way of J.P. Little, this exact portrait depicts Weil during the eyes of her associates, no longer as an odd and unaccountable genius yet as an ardent and human individual looking for fact and information.