Sentient in San Francisco – 4 October 2018

Remembering a Vocalist on the Date of Her Death: Died 4 October 1970 – Janis Joplin, an American singer-songwriter.

This Date in Art History: Born 4 October 1814 – Jean-Francois Millet, a French painter.

Below – “The Sheepfold”; “Woman Baking Bread”; “The Sower”; “The Gleaners”; “Potato Planters”; “The Goose Girl.”


For Your Information: 4 October is World Animal Day, an international day of action for animal rights and welfare.

This Date in Art History: Died 4 October 1999 – Bernard Buffet, a French painter and illustrator.

Below – “Granville”; “L’Homme Orchestre”; “St. Tropez”; “Rolls Royce 1937”; “Bouquet de Marqueites”; “Village Road.”


Remembering a Comic Genius on the Date of His Birth: Born 4 October1895 – Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton, an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. Critic Roger Ebert wrote of the “extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor–director in the history of the movies.”

This Date in Art History: Born 4 October1927 – Wolf Kahn, an American painter.

Below – “Two Farm Buildings and a Pond”; “Scene in Hawaii”; “Jet-Trail in October”; “At the Edge of the Pond”; “Dark Trees”; Untitled Winter Landscape.

Worth a Thousand Words: Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (Japanese-French, 1886-1968): “Cafe.”


Contemporary American Art – Harry McCormick: Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “The atmospheric interiors of restaurants and bars are the focus of McCormick’s increasingly psychological examination of isolated individuals. Seductive visual elements portray feelings of alienation associated with contemporary urban life. These paintings address the pause between moments of possible dramatic action.”

Below – “Dragon Screen”; “At the Door”; “Artist Studio”; Untitled Reclining Woman; “Admirer”; “Fisherman.”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 4 October 1974 – Anne Sexton, an American poet.

“The Fury of Overshoes”
by Anne Sexton

They sit in a row
outside the kindergarten,
black, red, brown, all
with those brass buckles.
Remember when you couldn’t
buckle your own
overshoe
or tie your own
overshoe
or tie your own shoe
or cut your own meat
and the tears
running down like mud
because you fell off your
tricycle?
Remember, big fish,
when you couldn’t swim
and simply slipped under
like a stone frog?
The world wasn’t
yours.
It belonged to
the big people.
Under your bed
sat the wolf
and he made a shadow
when cars passed by
at night.
They made you give up
your nightlight
and your teddy
and your thumb.
Oh overshoes,
don’t you
remember me,
pushing you up and down
in the winter snow?
Oh thumb,
I want a drink,
it is dark,
where are the big people,
when will I get there,
taking giant steps
all day,
each day
and thinking
nothing of it?


Contemporary American Art – Harry McCormick: Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “McCormick’s capacity for minute description disguises a more private vision. Neither romantic nor glamorous, his closely observed naturalism has a capacity to arrest our attention and persuade us to share both his fascination with objects and the latent content. While McCormick’s work, with it’s obvious technical virtuosity, has remained aloof from any modernist mold, it deserves close scrutiny, going beyond the visual content of his chosen subjects to the nature of contemporary relationships.”

Below – “McSorley’s Old Ale House”; “Lady in Red”; “Paxtons Herd”; “New York Bar”; “Marise with Carpets”; “Empire Diner.”

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