“For some reason I’ve begun—or from the very beginning I started to think of my paintings in relationship to Beethoven’s symphonies. Now there isn’t any real relation, but those numbered symphonies, ever since I was in high school I started to learn about them, etc., they’ve always impressed me very much. And then, of course, in my own mind I begin to see, I’m sure that the end is going to in some way arrive at nine. I don’t think of doing a tenth or an eleventh Dream. And considering the rate that I’m doing these things and the distractions of other paintings and so forth, if I do a ninth painting . . . it probably is going to be toward the end of my life.”
— Robert Indiana
Arthur C. Carr, “The Reminiscences of Robert Indiana,” New York, November 1965, Arthur C. Carr papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.