Sentient in Seattle – 15 April 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 15 April 1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher, playwright, political activist, biographer, literary critic, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Jean-Paul Sartre:

“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
“We are our choices.”
“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”
“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.”
“Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.”
“Life has no meaning a priori… It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.”
“Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.”
“I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.”

Art for Spring – Part I of II: Guo Yongqun

Below – “Lady Under Umbrella”; “Summer Village 2”; “Incoming Flock of Friends”


For Your Information: 15 April is World Art Day. The International Association of Art chose this date in honor of the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci.

Below – Francesco Melzi: Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.


Art for Spring – Part II of II: Yamin Young (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Carousel Fantasy”; Untitled (Woman and Horses); “Black Swans”


This Date in History: 15 April 1912 – More than fifteen hundred people die when the RMS Titanic collides with an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic Ocean.

This Date in Art History: Born 15 April 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect.

Below – “Mona Lisa”; “The Last Supper”; “David” (marble); “Pieta” (marble); “Ginevra de’ Benci”; “Lady with an Ermine.”

Worth a Thousand Words: An aerial view of Fort Sumter National Monument.

This Date in Art History: Born 15 April 1877 – Georg Kolbe, a German sculptor.

Below (all bronze) – “Grief”; “Sturzender”; “Sklavin”; “Allegro”; “Morning.”

A Poem for Today

“Trees”
by Richard Jones

When the sun goes down
I have my first drink
standing in the yard,
talking to my neighbor
about the alder tree
rising between our houses,
a lowly tree that prospered
from our steady inattention
and shot up quick as a weed
to tower over our rooftops,
where it now brandishes
a rich, luxuriant crown.
Should we cut it down?
Neither of us wants to —
we agree that we like
the flourishing branches,
shade like thick woods.
We don’t say it,
studying our tree in silence,
but we know that if the roots
get into the foundations
we’ve got real trouble.
John goes back inside.
Nothing to be done in summer —
not to those heavy branches.
I balance my empty glass
on top of a fence post.
In the quiet early dark,
those peaceful minutes
before dinner, I bend down
to the flower beds I love
and pull a few weeds —
something I’ve meant to do
all day.

This Date in Art History: Born 15 April 1889 – Thomas Hart Benton, an American painter.

Below – “The Hailstorm”; “The Twist”; “Martha’s Vineyard”; “The Engineer’s Dream”; “Cradling Wheat”; “June Morning.”


Musings in Spring: James Herriot

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

American Art – Howard Behrens (1933-2014)

In the words of one writer, “Howard Behrens was born in Chicago. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland. He has had over 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a professional artist in 1980. Howard Behrens, the world’s most renowned palette knife artist. As a landscape and seascape artist, Howard Behrens has painted the idyllic lakes of Italy to the gardens of New England. Behren’s works have been on the covers of many art publications and he has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers.”

Below – “Sunset at the Lone Cypress”; “Amalfi Coast”; “Two Girls at the Beach”; “Monterey Bay After the Rain”; “Sunset at Sea”; Untitled.

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