Memorial Day 2018
Below – Edward Gordon: “Memorial Day”
Below – “Horses in My Country”; “Nude with Red Hair”; “Two Cats”
Worth a Thousand Words: Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Corville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.
This Date in Art History: Born 28 May 1853 – Carl Larsson, a Swedish painter.
Below – “Breakfast under the big birch”; “Flowers on the Windowsill”; “Model Writing Postcards”; “Summer Morning”; “Self-Portrait”; “Painting in Open Air.”
Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 28 May 1912 – Patrick White, an Australian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, and recipient of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Some quotes from the work of Patrick White:
“Life is full of alternatives but no choice.”
“She would have liked to sit upon a rock and listen to words, not of any man, but detached, mysterious, poetic words that she alone would interpret through some sense inherited from sleep.”
“To make yourself, it is also necessary to destroy yourself.”
“I am compelled into this country.”
“Reason finally holds a gun at its head – and does not always miss.”
“I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals.”
“If I have not lost my mind I can sometimes hear it preparing to defect.”
Below – “Cafe Deutschland”; Untitled; “Komm Jorch, wir gehen” (bronze); “Quadriga”; “Alter Ego” (bronze in two parts); “o.T. (Dialogue/Gertrude).”
A Poem for Memorial Day
by Henri Cole
The pony and the deer are trapped by tanks,
and the lady with the guitar is sad beyond words.
Hurtling across the sky, a missile has mistaken
a vehicle for a helicopter, exploding in a ball
of white flame. Upside-down birds—red specks
of knotted wool—glow above the sideways trees.
Hidden among plants, a barefooted boy waits—
like the divine coroner—aiming his rifle at something,
enjoying the attentions of a gray doggy, or maybe
there’s a bullet already in his head.
This Date in Art History: Died 28 May 2008 – Beryl Cook, an English painter and illustrator.
Below – “Dining Out”; “Party Girls”; “Lunch in the Garden”; “Street Market”; “Jackpot”; “My Fur Coat.”
“They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.” – From “For the Fallen”
Below – Arlington National Cemetery.
Contemporary American Art – Edward Gordon
In the words of one writer, “Edward achieves complete and painstaking precision in his rendering of textures, colors and forms. Like photography he deliberately softens the strong contrasts of the picture without blurring the forms. He mellows the outline drawing with such perfection that it becomes impossible to detect his under drawings. Edward creates a quiet beauty of a simple scene with fresh eyes giving the viewer an idea of what he felt as he watched the light flooding through the windows and the shadows and colors cast by objects in the interiors. Because of the precision and incredible detail contained in each of Edward’s paintings, he is able to produce only 4 to 6 images per year. He is a consummate draftsman with a keen eye depicting his subject matters. His solitude evokes all of one’s senses: the smell and sounds of the ocean, the touch of objects, with doors and windows opening to never-ending opportunities.”
Below – “April Evening”; “The Garden Room”; “Music Room II”; “Still Waters”; “Dream Dancing”; “Ballroom.”