Sentient in San Francisco – 7 November 2018

This Date in Art History: Born 7 November 1860 – Paul Peel, a Canadian painter.

Below – “The Pumpkin Patch”; “Orchestra Chairs”; “Daisies”; “Lady in Satin Cape with Pink Rose”; “Goodbye”; “Aurora.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 7 November 1913 – Albert Camus, a French novelist, philosopher, journalist, and recipient of the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Albert Camus:

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
“Life is meaningless, but worth living, provided you recognize it’s meaningless.”
“Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?
“Where there is no hope, we must invent it.”
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
“There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.”
“Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people’s anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble – yes, gamble – with a whole part of their life and their so called ‘vital interests’.”


This Date in Art History: Born 7 November 1901 – Norah McGuinness, an Irish painter and illustrator.

Below – “The Upper Liffey”; “Frozen Lake, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin”; “Sunflowers, Algarve Coast”; “Evening Flight”; “A Golden Evening”; “Evening.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 7 November 1872 – Leonora Speyer, an American poet and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Swallows”
by Leonora Speyer

They dip their wings in the sunset,
They dash against the air
As if to break themselves upon its stillness:
In every movement, too swift to count,
Is a revelry of indecision,
A furtive delight in trees they do not desire
And in grasses that shall not know their weight.
They hover and lean toward the meadow
With little edged cries;
And then,
As if frightened at the earth’s nearness,
They seek the high austerity of evening sky
And swirl into its depth.

British Art – Emma Florence Harrison (British, 1877-1955): Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “Little is known about the personal life of Emma Florence Harrison (1877–1955), an English artist known for her romantic, Pre-Raphaelite style. Even the years of her birth and death (either 1925 or 1955) are disputed.”

Below – “Illustration from ‘Maiden Song’”; “Illustration from ‘Rapunzel’”; Illustration; Illustration; Illustration; “Illustration from ‘Elfin Song’.”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 7 November 1990 – Lawrence Durrell, a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and author of “The Alexandria Quartet.”

Some quotes from the work of Lawrence Durrell:

“I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced.”
“Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?”
“A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants.”
“Who invented the human heart, I wonder? Tell me, and then show me the place where he was hanged.”
“I am quite alone. I am neither happy nor unhappy; I lie suspended like a hair or a feather in the cloudy mixtures of memory.”
“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.”
“Gamblers and lovers really play to lose.”
“Odd, isn’t it? He really was the right man for her in a sort of way; but then as you know, it is a law of love that the so-called ‘right’ person always comes too soon or too late.”
“History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living”
“Science is the poetry of the intellect and poetry the science of the heart’s affections.”
“Music is only love looking for words.”
“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”
“We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.”
“We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way, otherwise we miss its point.”
“It is the duty of every patriot to hate his country creatively.”

British Art – Emma Florence Harrison (British, 1877-1955): Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “In 1905, Florence’s career as an illustrator began with a commission from Blackie and Sons. The publishing house hired her to illustrate a children’s book entitled Rhymes and Reasons. The book was so well received that she was commissioned to do another entitled The Rhyme of a Run. Florence’s work was featured in numerous books thereafter — including books written by the likes of Christina Rossetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and William Morris.”

Below – “Illustration from ‘Dream Land’”; Illustration; Illustration; Illustration; “The Swinging Bough”; “Wintry Dusk.”

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