Sentient in Seattle – 13 June 2018

Musings in Spring: Garth Stein

“I also believe that man’s continued domestication (if you care to use that silly euphemism) of dogs is motivated by fear: fear that dogs, left to evolve on their own, would, in fact, develop thumbs and smaller tongues, and therefore would be superior to men, who are slow and cumbersome, standing erect as they do. This is why dogs must live under the constant supervision of people…. From what Denny has told me about the government and its inner workings, it is my belief that this despicable plan was hatched in a back room of none other than the White House, probably by an evil adviser to a president of questionable moral and intellectual fortitude, and probably with the correct assessment—unfortunately, made from a position of paranoia rather than of spiritual insight—that all dogs are progressively inclined regarding social issues.”

Art for Spring – Part I of III: Fathi Hassan (Egyptian, contemporary)

Below – “Scarab”; “Crossing”; “Immortal Containers”

This Date in History: 13 June 1898 – The Canadian government creates the Yukon Territory, with Dawson as its capital.

Below – Donjek Valley, Yukon Territory.

Art for Spring – Part II of III: Don Hatfield (American, contemporary)

Below – “Private Garden”; “Into the Wind”; “Slack Tide”

Worth a Thousand Words: Sunset on a tributary of the White River, south of Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Art for Spring – Part II of III: Stanley Hayter (American, 1901-1988)

Below – “Action in Two Fields”; “Ressac”; “Shoal Green”

Musings in Spring: Kenneth Grahame

“Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes!”

This Date in Art History: Born 13 June 1884 – Leon Chwistek, a Polish painter.

Below – “Feast”; “Fencing”; “Boys from San Sebastian”; “Spheric Composition with a Female Figure”; “Venus”; “Nude.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 13 June 1865 – William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet, playwright, and recipient of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Leda and the Swan”
by William Butler Yeats

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
Being so caught up,
So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

Below – Tile mosaic depicting Leda and the Swan from the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, Palea Paphos, now in the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia, 3rd century AD; Paul Cezanne: “Leda and the Swan” (1882); Gustav Klimt: “Leda and the Swan” (1917); Salvador Dali: “Atomic Leda” (1949); Giovanni Rapiti: “Leda and the Swan – Passionate” (2008).

Contemporary American Art – G. Harvey (Gerald Harvey Jones, 1933-2017)

In the words of one writer, “G.Harvey and his images have influenced a worldwide enthusiasm and demand for contemporary American art for a generation. Few artists have intrigued and captivated art collectors as widely as the celebrated painter, G. Harvey. During his storied career, G. Harvey has painted turn-of-the-century America as no other artist. His scenes are warm, thoughtful portraits of our country’s bustling cities in a more genteel era and outstanding Western sagas of working cowhands at home in rugged landscapes.”

Below – “Snowy Tracks”; “A Touch of Spring”; “Texas Cowboys”; “Wall Street – New York”; “Cowboy Coffee”; “On the Streets of New Orleans.”

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