Sentient in Seattle – 15 May 2018

Musings in Spring: J.M. Coetzee

“His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origin of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul.”

Below – Gerard van Honthurst: “Cavalier and Woman Singing”

Art for Spring: Laurence Gartel (American, contemporary)

Below – “Amazing Trumpet”; “Blue Nude”; “Astrid”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 15 May 1890 – Katherine Anne Porter, an American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist.

Some quotes from the work of Katherine Anne Porter:

“The past is never where you think you left it.”
“There seems to be a kind of order in the universe…in the movement of the stars and the turning of the Earth and the changing of the seasons. But human life is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own right and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own.”
“All the old houses that I knew when I was a child were full of books, bought generation after generation by members of the family. Everyone was literate as a matter of course. Nobody told you to read this or not to read that. It was there to read, and we read.”
“The road to death is a long march beset with all evils, and the heart fails little by little at each new terror, the bones rebel at each step, the mind sets up its own bitter resistance and to what end? The barriers sink one by one, and no covering of the eyes shuts out the landscape of disaster, nor the sight of crimes committed there.”
“Trust your happiness and the richness of your life at this moment. It is as true and as much yours as anything else that ever happened to you.”

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1967 – Italo Mus, an Italian painter.

Below – “Rifugio alpino”; “Alba sul Ticino”; “Il ritorno a casa”; “Saint Vincent”; “Cardi di montagna”

Musings in Spring: Shaun David Hutchinson

“Dreams are hopeful because they exist as pure possibility. Unlike memories, which are fossils, long dead and buried deep.”

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1967 – Edward Hopper, an American painter – Part I of II.

Below – “Nighthawks”; “New York Movie”; “Automat”; “Gas”; “Early Sunday Morning”; “Chop Suey.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Mount Robson, British Columbia, Canada.

This Date in Art History: Died 15 May 1967 – Edward Hopper, an American painter – Part II of II.

Below – “Summertime”; “Office at Night”; “Cape Cod Evening”; “Summer Evening”; “Rooms by the Sea”; “Summer Interior.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 15 May 1886 – Emily Dickinson, an American poet.

“To make a prairie”
by Emily Dickinson

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

“I heard a Fly buzz – when I died -“
by Emily Dickinson

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –
Between the Heaves of Storm –

The Eyes around – had wrung them dry –
And Breaths were gathering firm
For that last Onset – when the King
Be witnessed – in the Room –

I willed my Keepsakes – Signed away
What portion of me be
Assignable – and then it was
There interposed a Fly –

With Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

This Date in Art History: Born 15 May 1930 – Jasper Johns, an American painter and sculptor.

Below – “Three Flags”; “Target”; Untitled; “Periscope I”; “Red Cicada”; “Thermometer.”

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