Musings in Spring: Elizabeth Goudge
“The very old and the very young have something in common that makes it right that they should be left alone together. Dawn and sunset see stars shining in a blue sky; but morning and midday and afternoon do not, poor things.”
Art for Spring – Part I of III: Michael Gorban (Russian, contemporary)
Below – “Leaves in the Mist”; “Artist’s Morning”; “Memories”
Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Death: Died 29 May 1958 – Juan Ramon Jimenez, a Spanish poet and recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Two poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez:
“I Am Not I”
I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
the one who remains silent while I talk,
the one who forgives, sweet, when I hate,
the one who takes a walk when I am indoors,
the one who will remain standing when I die.
“I Shall Not Return”
I shall not return. And night, mildly warm, serene and silent, will lull the world, under beams of its solitary moon.
My body will not be there, and through the wide-open window, a refreshing breeze will come inquiring for my soul.
I don’t know if any await the end of my double absence, or who will kiss my memory amidst caresses and weeping.
But, there will be stars and flowers, there will be sighs and hopes, and love in the avenues in the shadows of the trees.
And that piano will be playing as in this untroubled night, and no one there to listen, pensive, by my window frame.
Below – “Intermezzo”; “Incognito”; “Tish IV”
Worth a Thousand Words: Zaanse Schans, Netherlands.
Below – “Thoughts and Feelings”; Untitled; Untitled
Remembering an Influential Thinker on the Date of His Birth: Born 29 May 1880 – Oswald Spengler, a German historian, philosopher of history, and author of “The Decline of the West.”
Spengler’s morphological approach to history seems more relevant with each passing decade. Here is an interesting comment on his work by one critic: “Spengler predicted that about the year 2000, Western civilization would enter the period of pre‑death emergency whose countering would necessitate Caesarism (extraconstitutional omnipotence of the executive branch of the central government).”
Some quotes from the work of Oswald Spengler:
“The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play.”
“What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears.”
“Optimism is cowardice.”
“Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect.”
“The question of whether world peace will ever be possible can only be answered by someone familiar with world history. To be familiar with world history means, however, to know human beings as they have been and always will be. There is a vast difference, which most people will never comprehend, between viewing future history as it will be and viewing it as one might like it to be. Peace is a desire, war is a fact; and history has never paid heed to human desires and ideals.”
“One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be — though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain — because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.”
“Philosophy, the love of Wisdom, is at the very bottom defense against the incomprehensible.”
“This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.”
Below – “Beach with Water”; “December Moonrise”; “Noonday Sun”; “Winter Moonrise”; “Sand Dunes, South Shores”; “My Garden.”
Musings in Spring: Elizabeth von Arnim
“I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow.”
Below – Charles Courtney Curran: “Woman in a White Dress in a Garden”
This Date in Art History: Born 29 May 1945 – Joyce Tenneson, an American photographer.
Below – “Two Sisters”; “Dasha”; Untitled; “Hope Apple Trees”; “Suzanne and Mirror”; “Woman with Driftwood.”