Sentient in Seattle – 10 June 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of Her Death: Died 10 June 1949 – Sigrid Undset, a Norwegian novelist and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926.

Some quotes from the work of Sigrid Undset

“All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.”
“No one and nothing can harm us, child, except what we fear and love.”
“Feelings of longing seemed to burst from her heart; they ran in all directions, like streams of blood, seeking out paths to all the places in the wide landscape where she had lived, to all her sons roaming through the world, to all her dead lying under the earth.”
“I’m not to blame, Ramborg, if a man’s heart is created in such a fashion that whatever is inscribed on it when it’s young and fresh is carved deeper than all the runes that are later etched.”


Art for Spring: Ray Hare (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled (Egret); “Strawberries”; “Occupied”

For Your Information: 10 June is National Iced Tea Day in the United States.

This Date in Art History: Born 10 June 1819 – Gustave Courbet, a French painter.

Below – “Les Demoiselles du bord de la Seine”; “The Wave”; “A Burial at Ornans”; “Proudhon and his children”; “Portrait of Jo”; “The Artist’s Studio: A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life.”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 10 June 1925 – James Salter, an American novelist and short-story writer.

Some quotes from the work of James Salter:

“Sometimes you are aware when your great moments are happening, and sometimes they rise from the past. Perhaps it’s the same with people.”
“To write? Because all this is going to vanish. The only thing left will be the prose and poems, the books, what is written down. Man was very fortunate to have invented the book. Without it the past would completely vanish, and we would be left with nothing, we would be naked on earth.”
“Certain things I remember exactly as they were. They are merely discolored a bit by time, like coins in the pocket of a forgotten suit. Most of the details, though, have long since been transformed or rearranged to bring others of them forward. Some, in fact, are obviously counterfeit; they are no less important. One alters the past to form the future.”
“There comes a time when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.”

This Date in Art History: Born 10 June 1840 – Theodor Philipsen, a Danish painter.

Below – “Long Shadows”; “Road at Faarevejle, Langeland”; “Milking at Dyrehavegard, near Kolding”; “High Tide”; “Evening in Saltholm.”


Worth a Thousand Words: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada.


This Date in Art History: Died 10 June 2010 – Sigmar Polke, a German painter and photographer.

Below – Untitled; “Betriebsfest”; Untitled; Untitled; “Goldhaar.”


A Poem for Today

“Amaze”
by Adelaide Crapsey

I know
Not these my hands
And yet I think there was
A woman like me once had hands
Like these.

Below – Rita Foster: “My Own Two”


This Date in Art History: Died 10 June 2012 – Georges Mathieu, a French painter.

Below – “Composition”; “Potencé Contre-Potencé”; “La Passion retrouvée”; “Exil”;“Usuard”


Musings in Spring: Ursula Le Guin

“We all have forests on our minds. Forests unexplored, unending. Each one of us gets lost in the forest, every night, alone.”


This Date in Art History: Born 10 June 1907 – Fairfield Porter, an American painter.

Below – “Under the Elms”; “The Mirror”; “Alice by the Screen Door”; “Tree”; “Claire White”; “A Day Indoors.”

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