Sentient in San Francisco – 28 September 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 28 September1970 – John Dos Passos, an American novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright.

Some quotes from the work of John Dos Passos:

“I never see the dawn that I don’t say to myself perhaps.”
“Self respect. self reliance. self control.”
“While there is a lower class I am of it, while there is a criminal class I am of it, while there is a soul in prison I am not free.”
“All right, we are two nations.”
“So many Americans felt that their neighbor had no right to know more than they did.”
“The rich were getting richer, the poor were getting poorer, small farmers were being squeezed out, workingmen were working twelve hours a day for a bare living; profits were for the rich, the law was for the rich, the cops were for the rich.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of II: Andre Masson (French, 1896-1967)

Below – “Soleil”; “Leda”; “Femmes aux Masques”


For Your Information: 28 September is “National Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children” in the United States. For obvious reasons, I intend to boycott this observance.

Below – A painting of a man, probably a father, dining alone. I deem him happy.

Art for Autumn – Part II of II: Sydney Mather (Australian, contemporary)

Below – “Mist over the Murray”; “Children in a Country Path”; “Summer Day”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 28 September 1993 – Peter De Vries, an American editor and novelist known for his satiric wit.

Some quotes from the work of Peter De Vries:

“The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.”
“Life is a zoo in a jungle.”
“A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery; today she would rate no better than a C-plus.”
“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.”
“Everybody hates me because I’m so universally liked.”
“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”
“Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”
“I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.”
“The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.”

This Date in Art History: Died 28 September 1899 – Giovanni Segantini, an Austrian painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Midday in the Alps”; “Alpine Landscape”; “Bagpipers of Brianza”; “The Two Mothers”; “The Punishment of Lust”; “Self-Portrait.”


Worth a Thousand Words: Arthur Hughes (English, 1832-1915): “The Long Engagement.”

This Date in Art History: Died 28 September 1899 – Giovanni Segantini, an Austrian painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Return from the Woods”; “Alpine Triptych: Life”; “Alpine Triptych: Nature”; “Alpine Triptych: Death”; “Love at the Fountain of Life”; “Vanitas.”

A Poem for Today

“Good Hours”
by Robert Frost

I had for my winter evening walk-
No one at all with whom to talk,
But I had the cottages in a row
Up to their shining eyes in snow.

And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces.

I had such company outward bound.
I went till there were no cottages found.
I turned and repented, but coming back
I saw no window but that was black.

Over the snow my creaking feet
Disturbed the slumbering village street
Like profanation, by your leave,
At ten o’clock of a winter eve.


American Art – Clara Weaver Parrish (1861-1925)

In the words of one writer, “Clara Weaver Parrish was an American artist from Alabama. Although she produced a large amount of work in a wide array of media, she is best known for her paintings and stained glass window designs.”

Below – “The Red Lily”; “The Romance of the Rose”; “Out of the Darkness”; “The Letter”; “Isolde”; “Portrait of a Young African American Woman in a Green Headscarf.”

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