Sentient in San Francisco – 5 October 2018

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”

Art for Autumn – Frederick McDuff (American, contemporary)

Below – “August 1970”; “Parc Monceau”; “Beach Cabana”

Musings in Autumn: Italo Calvino

“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.
Or the question it asks you, forcing you to answer, like Thebes through the mouth of the Sphinx.”

Below – Taylan Soyturk: “San Francisco City Skyline.”

Japanese-French Art – Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968): Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan, who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western style paintings. He has been called ‘the most important Japanese artist working in the West during the 20th century.’”

Below – “Printemps”; “La vièrge et trois dames“: “Portrait d’une jeune favorite”; “La Mésangère”; “Mother and Child”; “Buste de femme.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Ford Madox Brown (British, 1821-1893): “An English Autumn Landscape.”


Japanese-French Art – Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968): Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “His ‘Book of Cats,’ published in New York by Covici Friede, 1930, with 20 etched plate drawings by Foujita, is one of the top 500 (in price) rare books ever sold, and is ranked by rare book dealers as ‘the most popular and desirable book on cats ever published.’”

Below – “Tete de chat”; “Chat assis”; “Couturier Cat”; “Vase of Roses”; “Adam and Eve”; “Self-Portrait.”


Musings in Autumn: Henry Beston

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”

This Date in Art History: Born 5 October 1898 – Nachum Gutman, a Moldovan-Israeli painter and sculptor.

Below – “A Galilean Landscape”; “Figures in the Woods”; “Cafe in Tiberias”; “Playing music on the balcony in Jaffa”; “Carriage”; “The Yellow Coachman.”

A Poem for Today

“Love in Autumn”
by Sara Teasdale

I sought among the drifting leaves,
The golden leaves that once were green,
To see if Love were hiding there
And peeping out between.

For thro’ the silver showers of May
And thro’ the summer’s heavy heat,
In vain I sought his golden head
And light, fast-flying feet.

Perhaps when all the world is bare
And cruel winter holds the land,
The Love that finds no place to hide
Will run and catch my hand.

I shall not care to have him then,
I shall be bitter and a-cold —
It grows too late for frolicking
When all the world is old.

Then little hiding Love, come forth,
Come forth before the autumn goes,
And let us seek thro’ ruined paths
The garden’s last red rose.

Below – Elena Polozova: “Red Rose”


This Date in Art History – Born 5 October 1950 – James Rizzi, an American painter and illustrator.

Below – “Water under the Bridge”; “Moo Moo Moo”; “It’s Time to Buy a New TV”; “The Last Stop is Coney Island”; “Passion Fruit/Green”; “Rain.”

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