Sentient in Seattle – 9 June 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 9 June 1974 – Miguel Angel Asturias, a Guatemalan poet, novelist, playwright, journalist, diplomat, and recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Two quotes from the work of Miguel Angel Asturias:

“Rise and demand; you are a burning flame.
You are sure to conquer there where the final horizon
Becomes a drop of blood, a drop of life,
Where you will carry the universe on your shoulders,
Where the universe will bear your hope.”
“However life treats you, as time goes by you always get the feeling you’ve lost life in the very living of it.”

Art For Spring: Rebecca Hardin (American, contemporary)

Below – “Treasures of the Sea”; “Starry Night at San Simeon, California”; “Castle Spring”

Musings in Spring: Sei Shonagon

“In the seventh month, when the heat is dreadful, everything in the building is kept open all through the night, and it’s delightful to wake on moonlit nights and lie there looking out. Dark nights too are delightful, and as for the sight of the moon at dawn, words cannot describe the loveliness.”

This Date in Art History: Born 9 June 1849 – Michael Ancher, a Danish painter.

Below – “The Old Garden House, Summer”; “Skagen”; “Will He Round the Point?”; “A Stroll on the Beach”; “Skagen girl, Maren Sofie, knitting”; “Portrait of my wife. The painter Anna Ancher”; “Self-Portrait.”

For Your Information: 9 June is International Lemon Drizzle Cake Day.

This Date in Art History: Died 9 June 2011 – M. F. Husain, an Indian painter.

Below – Untitled; Untitled; “Indian Households”; “Three Horses”; Untitled; Untitled.

Remembering an Influential Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 9 June 1870 – Charles Dickens, an English novelist and social critic.

Some quotes from the work of Charles Dickens:

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
“I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished.”
“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”
“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.”
“Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.”
“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”
“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”
“A very little key will open a very heavy door.”

This Date in Art History: Died 9 June 1984 – Helen Hardin, an American painter.

Below – Untitled; “Guardian of the Fire”; “Desert Solitude and an untitled depiction of twin spirit figures”; “The Music Lesson”; “Corn Maiden”; “The New Robe.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Mount Everest at dawn.

This Date in Art History: Died 9 June 1998 – Lois Mailou Jones, an American painter.

Below – “Ritual, Haiti”; “Grossesse”; “Still Life, Pineapple”; “Egyptian Heritage”; “Two Women”; “Initiation, Liberia.”

A Poem for Today

“Before Sleep”
by Catherine Anderson

I was in love with anatomy
the symmetry of my body
poised for flight,
the heights it would take
over parents, lovers, a keen
riding over truth and detail.
I thought growing up would be
this rising from everything
old and earthly,
not these faltering steps out the door
every day, then back again.

This Date in Art History: Died 9 June 2000 – Jacob Lawrence, an American painter.

Below – “The Serengeti”; “Supermarket Flora”; “Rain”; “Windows”; “The Builders”; “Artist in Studio.”

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