11 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 11 October 1885 – Francois Mauriac, a French novelist, poet, critic, dramatist, journalist, and recipient of the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Francois Mauriac:

“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.”
“To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.”
“No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”
“If the flame inside you goes out, the souls that are next to you will die of cold.”
“We are, all of us, molded and remolded by those who have loved us, and though that love may pass, we remain none the less their work–a work that very likely they do not recognize, and which is never exactly what they intended.”
“Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed-off wings where he never ventures.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Giles Marrey (French, contemporary)

Below – “Berkeley”; “Virginia Street II”; “Le Comptoir”

Remembering a Photojournalist on the Date of Her Death: Died 11 October 1965 – Dorothea Lange, an American documentary photographer best known for her photographs depicting the effects of the Great Depression.

Below – “Migrant Mother”; “Broke, baby sick, and car trouble”; “Children at the Well public school in San Francisco pledge allegiance to the American flag in April 1942, prior to the internment of Japanese Americans”; “Grandfather and Grandson at Manzanar Relocation Center”; “The White Angel Bread Line” (San Francisco); ‘Unemployment Agency, 1937.”

Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Manel Anoro (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Santa Rosa de Lima, Menorca”

Worth a Thousand Words: Autumn in Vermont.

Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Paul Balmer (American, contemporary)

Below – “Red Cloth”

Remembering an American Comic Genius on the Date of His Death: Died 11 October 1961 – Leonard “Chico” Marx, comedian, musician, actor, and member of the Marx Brothers.

This Date in Art History: Died 11 October 1958 – Maurice de Vlaminck, a French painter and one of the principal members of the Fauve movement.

Below – “The River Seine at Chatou”; “The Orchard”; “Autumn Landscape”; “Landscape with Red Roofs”; “Still Life with Pitcher and Fruit”; “The Girl from Rat Mort.”

Remembering a Deep-Souled Man on the Date of His Birth: Born 11 October 1926 – Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, and author.

Some quotes from the work of Thich Nhat Hanh:

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

British Art – Annie Swynnerton: Part I of II

In the words of one writer, “Annie Louisa Robinson Swynnerton (1844–1933) was an English painter of allegorical, figure and portrait paintings. She studied at Manchester School of Art, Académie Julian, and in Rome.”

Below – “Illusions”; “The Sense of Sight”; “The Young Mother”; “Oceanid”; “Crossing the Stream”; “Cupid and Psyche.”

Remembering an American Visionary on the Date of His Birth: Born 11 October 1935 – Daniel Quinn, author and environmentalist. In the words of one writer, “Daniel Quinn writes primarily about the cultural bias, mythology, and world-view driving modern civilization and the destruction of the natural world. Quinn exposes that some of civilization’s most unchallenged myths, or ‘memes,’ include: that the Earth was made especially for humans, who are destined to conquer and rule it; that humans are innately flawed; that humans are separate from and superior to nature (which Quinn has called ‘the most dangerous idea in existence’); and that all humans must be made to live according to some ‘one right way’.”

Some quotes from the work of Daniel Quinn:

“I have amazing news for you. Man is not alone on this planet. He is part of a community, upon which he depends absolutely.”
“There is no one right way to live.”
“It’s the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It’s seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can’t watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor’s tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.”
“Thinkers aren’t limited by what they know, because they can always increase what they know. Rather they’re limited by what puzzles them, because there’s no way to become curious about something that doesn’t puzzle you.”
“But why? Why do you need prophets to tell you how you ought to live? Why do you need anyone to tell you how you ought to live?”
“Once you learn to discern the voice of Mother Culture humming in the background, telling her story over and over again to the people of your culture, you’ll never stop being conscious of it. Wherever you go for the rest of your life, you’ll be tempted to say to the people around you, ‘how can you listen to this stuff and not recognize it for what it is?’”
“The ship was sinking—and sinking fast. The captain told the passengers and crew, “We’ve got to get the lifeboats in the water right away.”
But the crew said, “First we have to end capitalist oppression of the working class. Then we’ll take care of the lifeboats.”
Then the women said, “First we want equal pay for equal work. The lifeboats can wait.”
The racial minorities said, “First we need to end racial discrimination. Then seating in the lifeboats will be allotted fairly.”
The captain said, “These are all important issues, but they won’t matter a damn if we don’t survive. We’ve got to lower the lifeboats right away!”
But the religionists said, “First we need to bring prayer back into the classroom. This is more important than lifeboats.”
Then the pro-life contingent said, “First we must outlaw abortion. Fetuses have just as much right to be in those lifeboats as anyone else.”
The right-to-choose contingent said, “First acknowledge our right to abortion, then we’ll help with the lifeboats.”
The socialists said, “First we must redistribute the wealth. Once that’s done everyone will work equally hard at lowering the lifeboats.”
The animal-rights activists said, “First we must end the use of animals in medical experiments. We can’t let this be subordinated to lowering the lifeboats.”
Finally the ship sank, and because none of the lifeboats had been lowered, everyone drowned.
The last thought of more than one of them was, “I never dreamed that solving humanity’s problems would take so long—or that the ship would sink so SUDDENLY.”
“If the world is saved, it will not be saved by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at all.”

British Art – Annie Swynnerton: Part II of II

In the words of one writer, “Swynnerton was influenced by George Frederic Watts and Edward Burne-Jones. John Singer Sargent appreciated her work and helped her to become the first elected woman member at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1922.”

Below – “A Woman with Wild Flowers”; “A Dryad”; “Portrait of a Boy”; “Author, Henry James”; “The Convalescent”; “The Dreamer.”

A Poem for Today

By Paul O. Williams

the old garden fence
keeps the goldenrod
from the goldenrod

Contemporary American Art – Matt Rogers

In the words of one writer, “California-based artist Matt Rogers synthesizes Pop art with classic Western painting, depicting timeless subjects in a wholly original and contemporary style marked by bold colors, energetic gestures, and unexpected compositions. A love of nature and an adventurous spirit infuses Rogers’ work: his well-known “Dark Horse” series is comprised of highly graphic, monochromatic paintings of horses and riders, or abstracted images of racing hooves, while a recent series of tree paintings draws from his lifelong passion for skiing and a climbing expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro. Verging on abstraction, the new paintings capture the essence of their subject with icy palettes and vertiginous perspectives.”

Below – “31 Palms”; “3 Palms Reflection on Water”; “Pastel Peach Palm”; “Stormy San Francisco”; “Palm Yellow Sky”; “Palm Up Sunset.”

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