"The new Painter is concerned not with his own feelings or with the mystery of his own personality, but the penetration into the world mystery. His imagination is therefore attempting to dig into metaphysical secrets. To that extent his art is concerned with the sublime. It is a religious art which through symbols will catch the basic truth of life which is it's sense of tragedy."
Written in 1945 Long before the birth of Onement. But you can almost see the future out of this writing from three years earlier.