Beleaguered in Bothell – 27 December 2017

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 27 December 1834 – Charles Lamb, an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian.

Some quotes from the work of Charles Lamb:

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.”
“Of all sound of all bells… most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.”
“A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.”
“Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.”
I counsel thee, shut not thy heart nor thy library.”
“Time partially reconciles us to anything.”
“I have indeed lived nominally fifty years, but deduct out of them the
hours which I have lived to other people, and not to myself, and you will find me still a young fellow. For that is the only true Time, which a man can properly call his own– that which he has all to himself; the rest, though in some sense he may be said to live it, is other people’s Time, not his.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Rene Margotton (French, 1915-2009)

Below – “Evening Song”; “Flower of the Moon”; “Le cheval du matin”


For Your Information: 27 December is National Fruitcake Day in the United States.


Art for Winter – Part II of III: Jennifer Markes (American, contemporary)

Below – “Someday”; “River’s Edge”; “Edge of Town”

Remembering a Great Scientist on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 December 1822 – Louis Pasteur, a French biologist, microbiologist, and chemist who was, kith words of one writer, “renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine.”

Some quotes from the work of Louis Pasteur:

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”
“To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind toward discovery.”
“It is not the germs we need worry about. It is our inner terrain.”
“The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.”
“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.”
“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.”
“Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word.”


Art for Winter – Part III of III: Miguel Martinez (American, contemporary)

Below – “Hawaiian Girl”; “Dreams”; “Blue Lady”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Matterhorn.

This Date in Art History: Died 27 December 1950 – Max Beckmann, a German painter, printmaker, draftsman, and sculptor.

Below – “Carnival”; “Paris Society”; “Before the Masked Ball”; “Sinking of the Titanic”; “The Night”; “Self-Portrait with Horn.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 27 December 1992-
Kay Boyle, an American poet, novelist, short story writer, and activist.

“Monody to the Sound of Zithers”
By Kay Boyle

I have wanted other things more than lovers …
I have desired peace, intimately to know
The secret curves of deep-bosomed contentment,
To learn by heart things beautiful and slow.
Cities at night, and cloudful skies, I’ve wanted;
And open cottage doors, old colors and smells a part;
All dim things, layers of river-mist on river—
To capture Beauty’s hands and lay them on my heart.
I have wanted clean rain to kiss my eyelids,
Sea-spray and silver foam to kiss my mouth.
I have wanted strong winds to flay me with passion;
And, to soothe me, tired winds from the south.
These things have I wanted more than lovers …
Jewels in my hands, and dew on morning grass—
Familiar things, while lovers have been strangers.
Friended thus, I have let nothing pass.

American Art – William Marple (1827-1919)

In the words of one writer, “Sailing by clipper ship to San Francisco via Panama in 1849, Marple mined for a while in the Mother Lode country around Placerville. Abandoning his pursuit of gold, he worked as a sign and house painter in that area and, as a self-taught artist, began painting landscapes. After moving to San Francisco in 1866, he established a studio at 432 Montgomery and in 1867 participated in a sale of paintings with several other artists including Denny, Young, Holdredge, and Bush. In 1869 he made a trip to Europe to study the Old Masters. He visited Paris, Munich and, after a short stay in NYC, returned to San Francisco in 1871.”

Below – “Mount Tamalpais from Napa Slough”; “Light Falls on the Wharf”; “Riding Through Yosemite”; “Distant Camp Fire”; “Twilight On The Old American River”; “Figures in Foggy Morning Landscape.”

Musings in Winter: J. B. Priestley

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”

Contemporary American Art – Csaba Markus

In the words of one writer, “The classical influences in Markus’s art are tied to his origins in Budapest, Hungary, where he was born in 1953. Starting from early childhood, Markus challenged himself to be the greatest artist in the world. Feeling stifled by his native country, Csaba Markus decided to escape the rigorous controls of the Communist system and arrived in the United States in 1978. Since then he has been deemed the Artisan of the Milleniums, a title which brings not only appropriate recognition but also a challenging role for Markus to fill. His art must span the ages, able to exist in either the distant past or the existing present. Markus’ must incorporate the traditions, cultures, and legends of ancient eras, providing the necessary bridge to the modern era for a contemporary audience to appreciate and enjoy. It’s a difficult position to uphold… and one that Csaba Markus navigates with ease and skill, as though he’d been born to fulfill the role.”

Below – “Venetian Muse”; “Athena Dreams”; “Horses of Carthage”; “Belladonna”; “Imperial Bowl” (glass and metal sculpture).

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