Musings in Summer: Joseph Campbell
“Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity. Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension.”
Art For Summer: Hongtao Li (Chinese, contemporary)
Below – “Dream’s Samba”; “Peace”; Untitled
Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 20 August 1901 – Salvatore Quasimodo, a Sicilian novelist, poet, and recipient of the 1959 Novel Prize in Literature.
“Nostalgia and Regret”
by Salvatore Quasimodo
Now the day breaks
night is done and the moon
slowly dissolved in serene air
sets in the canals.
September is so alive in this country
of plains, the meadows are green
as in the southern valleys in spring.
I have left my companions,
I have hidden my heart behind ancient walls,
to be alone, to remember.
Since you are further off than the moon,
now the day breaks
and the horses’ hooves beat on the stones.
In the words of one writer, “Charles Levier, aka Maurice Verrier, was born in 1920 of a French Father and an American Mother in Corsica. He held a fascination with color and form that led him, at age seventeen, to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs for private studies. World War II broke out and Levier served in the French army in North Africa, later becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. Coming to America to live, Levier divided his time between the United States and France.”
Below – “Girl with Flowers”; “Abstract Floral Coastal Portrait”; “Two Women”; “Girl Holding Flowers”; “Farmhouse”; “Jeune Femme Nue Les Bras Croises.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 20 August 1890 – Howard Phillips Lovecraft, an American short story writer, novelist, and editor, who created some of the best and most influential works in the horror fiction genre.
My first encounter with H. P. Lovecraft’s tales was one that I will never forget (follow the link below).
French Art – Charles Levier (1920-2003): Part II of II.
In the words of one writer, “Levier’s first one-man show took place at the Galerie Constantine in Lyons in 1949, followed by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. In 1955, he came to the attention of Dr. Lilienfeld of Van-Diemen, Lilienfeld Gallery in New York City. Dr. Lilienfeld was widely respected, and his personal enthusiasm of Levier’s work was instrumental in establishing him as a significant artist and proved a most valuable introduction to numerous collectors. Levier is first and foremost a figurative painter, dramatic and expressionistic, definitive yet seductive, yet always subtle with carefully considered colors.”
Below – “Le Bar”; “La Nuit”; “Printemps”; “Lady With Hat”; “Promenade”; Untitled (Portrait of a Girl in Black Hat).
In the words of one writer, “In 1960 he moved to Rome and began his artistic career under the influence of friends who were already established artists. In 1962 he moved to Florence where he developed and refined his personal style. In 1969 he began to successfully capture the essence of his emotional inspirations on canvas. Li Causi’s paintings have been exhibited and enthusiastically received in major galleries throughout the world including one man shows in Tokyo, Florence, Rome, New York and Nice (France).”
Below – “Brooklyn Bridge”; “Morning Sailing”; “Picnic in the Park”; “Very Happy Day”; “Spring in the Valley”; “Summer in the Country.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 20 August 1986 – Milton Acorn, a Canadian poet and playwright.
“Live With Me on Earth Under the Invisible Daylight Moon”
by Milton Acorn
Live with me on Earth among red berries and the bluebirds
And leafy young twigs whispering
Within such little spaces, between such floors of green, such
figures in the clouds
That two of us could fill our lives with delicate wanting:
Where stars past the spruce copse mingle with fireflies
Or the dayscape flings a thousand tones of light back at the
Be any one of the colours of an Earth lover;
Walk with me and sometimes cover your shadow with mine.
This Date in Art History: Died 20 August 2006 – Joe Rosenthal, an American photographer, journalist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
Below – “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” (for which Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize); Children on Guam holding U.S. flags made secretly during the Japanese occupation; “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”; Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe returning to San Francisco from their honeymoon in Hawaii; San Francisco Giants Parade; Associated Press photograph of Joe Rosenthal.