Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 15 July 1904 – Anton Chekhov, a Russian playwright and short story writer.
Some quotes from the work of Anton Chekhov:
“Do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.”
“If I wanted to order a ring for myself, the inscription I should choose would be: ‘Nothing passes away.’ I believe that nothing passes away without leaving a trace, and that every step we take, however small, has significance for our present and our future existence.”
“Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.”
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
“A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does.”
“Everything on earth is beautiful, everything — except what we ourselves think and do when we forget the higher purposes of life and our own human dignity.”
“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.”
Art for Summer: Lester Johnson (American, 1919-2010)
Below – “Street Scene Slacks”; “Street Scene 4”; “Street Scene White Dress”
For Your Information: 15 July is National Tapioca Pudding Day in the United States.
This Date in Art History: Born 15 July 1606 – Rembrandt, a Dutch printmaker and painter: Part I of II.
Below – “The Artist’s Mother”; “Beggar Man and Woman”; “Old beggar woman with a gourd”; “Bald-Headed Man in Right Profile”; “Old Man With a Flowing Beard”; “Self-Portrait.”
Worth a Thousand Words: A view from the summit of Denali.
This Date in Art History: Born 15 July 1606 – Rembrandt, a Dutch printmaker and painter: Part II of II.
Below – “Aristotle With a Bust of Homer”; “The Abduction of Europa”; “The Night Watch”; “The Philosopher in Meditation”; “The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild”; “Self-Portrait With Beret and Turned-Up Collar.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 15 July 1885 – Rosalia de Castro, a Galician author and poet.
“The Atmosphere Is Incandescent”
by Rosalia de Castro
(translated by Edwin Morgan)
The atmosphere is incandescent;
The fox explores an empty road;
Sick grow the waters
That sparkled in the clear arroyo,
Unfluttered stands the pine
Waiting for fickle winds to blow.
A majesty of silence
Overpowers the meadow;
Only the hum of an insect troubles
The spreading, dripping forest shadow,
Relentless and monotonous
As muffled rattle in a dying throat.
In such a summer the hour of midday
Could as well go
By the name of night, to struggle-weary
Man who has never known
Greater vexation from the vast cares
Of the soul, or from matter’s majestic force.
Would it were winter again! The nights! The cold!
O those old loves of ours so long ago!
Come back to make this fevered blood run fresh,
Bring back your sharp severities and snows
To these intolerable summer sorrows…
Sorrows!…While vine and corn stand thick and gold!
The cold, the heat; the autumn or the spring;
Where, where has delight set up its home?
Beautiful are all seasons to the man
Who shelters happiness within his soul;
But the deserted, orphaned spirit feels
No season smile upon its luckless door.
Below (all wood) – “essie”/“rebecca”; “The Actress”; “The Kiss”; “The Centaur”; “Spiral Three-Step Ladder”; Untitled (Horse).
Musing in Summer: Roman Payne
“They say Alexander the Great slept with ‘The Iliad’ beneath his pillow. Though I have never led an army, I am a wanderer. During the waning moon, I cradle Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ as if it were the sweet body of a woman.”
Below – John William Waterhouse: “Odysseus and the Sirens”
Below – “Christmas Snows – 2”; “April”; “Ship on Stormy Seas”; “Hedgerow”; “Song of the Broad-Axe”; “The Rose of Sharon.”