Beleaguered in Bothell – 13 March 2018

Remembering a Great Attorney on the Date of His Death: Died 13 March 1938 – Clarence Darrow, an American lawyer, author, and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Darrow its best known for representing three high-profile clients: Leopold and Loeb for murdering Robert “Bobby” Franks, and John T. Scopes for teaching evolution (the so-called Scopes “Monkey” Trial, during which Darrow opposed William Jennings Bryan).

Some quotes from the work of Clarence Darrow:

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.”
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
“Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.”
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”
“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.”
“I have lived my life, and I have fought my battles, not against the weak and the poor – anybody can do that – but against power, against injustice, against oppression, and I have asked no odds from them, and I never shall.”

Art for Winter: James Talmadge (American, contemporary)

Below – “Flower Shop”; “Sunset Cruise”; “In My Studio”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 13 March 1975 – Ivo Andric, a Serbian novelist, poet, short story writer, and recipient of the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Ivo Andric:

“Of everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living nothing is in my eyes better and more valuable than bridges. They are more important than houses, more sacred than shrines. Belonging to everyone and being equal to everyone, useful, always built with a sense, on the spot where most human needs are crossing, they are more durable than other buildings and they do not serve for anything secret or bad.”
“Lands of great discoveries are also lands of great injustices.”
“Forgetfulness heals everything and song is the most beautiful manner of forgetting, for in song man feels only what he loves.”
“Every human generation has its own illusions with regard to civilization; some believe they are taking part in its upsurge, others that they are witnesses of its extinction. In fact, it always both flames and smolders and is extinguished, according to the place and the angle of view.”
“To be a man, to have been born without knowing it or wanting it, to be thrown into the ocean of existence, to be obliged to swim, to exist; to have an identity; to resist the pressure and shocks from the outside and the unforeseen and unforeseeable acts – one’s own and those of others – which so often exceed one’s capacities. And what is more, to endure one’s own thoughts about all this: in a word, to be human.”

This Date in Art History: Born 13 March 1593 – Georges de La tour, a French Baroque painter.

Below – “Joseph the Carpenter”; “The Penitent Magdalene”; “Dice Players”; “The Flea Catcher”; “Magdalene with the Smoking Flame.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 13 March 1943 – Stephen Vincent Benet, an American poet, short story writer, novelist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Campus Sonnets: May Morning”
by Stephen Vincent Benet

I lie stretched out upon the window-seat
And doze, and read a page or two, and doze,
And feel the air like water on me close,
Great waves of sunny air that lip and beat
With a small noise, monotonous and sweet,
Against the window – and the scent of cool,
Frail flowers by some brown and dew-drenched pool
Possesses me from drowsy head to feet.

This is the time of all-sufficing laughter
At idiotic things some one has done,
And there is neither past nor vague hereafter.
And all your body stretches in the sun
And drinks the light in like a liquid thing;
Filled with the divine languor of late spring.

This Date in Art History: Born 13 March 1864 – Alexej von Jawlensky, a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany..

Below – “Young Girl in a Flowered Hat”; “Blue Mountain”; “Schokko with Red Hat”; “Head in Blue”; “Still Life with Bottle, Bread, and Red Wallpaper with Swallows”; “Self-Portrait.”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks, Alaska.

This Date in Art History: Born 13 March 1870 – William Glackens, an American painter and illustrator.

Below – “Soda Fountain”; “East River Park”; Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire”; “ At Monquin’s”; “Young Woman in Green”; “Nude with Apple”; “Bathing at Bellport.”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 13 March 1900 – Giorgos Seferis, a Greek poet and recipient of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“The Companions in Hades”
By Giorgos Seferis
(translated by Edmund Kelly)

“fools, who ate the cattle of Helios Hyperion;
but he deprived them of the day of their return.”
— “Odyssey”

Since we still had some hardtack
how stupid of us
to go ashore and eat
the Sun’s slow cattle,

for each was a castle
you’d have to battle
forty years, till you’d become
a hero and a star!

On the earth’s back we hungered,
but when we’d eaten well
we fell to these lower regions
mindless and satisfied.

This Date in Art History: Died 13 March 1971 – Rockwell Kent, an American painter and illustrator.

Below – “Plantation in Sao Paulo, Brazil”; “Night Flight”; “Starry Night”; “Alaska Impression”; “Northern Night”; “Deep Water.”

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