This Date in Art History: Died 22 January 2012 – Clarence Tillenius, a Canadian artist, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wildlife and wilderness.
Tillenius died in Winnipeg on January 22, 2012 at the age of 98. At the artist’s request, his family issued the following text after his death:
“I believe that there is in the universe an underlying rhythm, a stream of life common to all ages; that the work of an artist who could tap into that rhythm would be timeless, it would be understood in any age, since man himself is bound by, and responds to, the same rhythm as the animals.
When that rhythm calls me to a universe other than this one; I ask each of you, who wish to remember me, to look at my paintings or my dioramas. As long as my work is appreciated by the generations that follow, my work will have tapped into that rhythm and will be timeless; even though I have now crossed that great Divide”.
Below – Untitled (Ermine and deer mouse); Untitled (Snowshoe hare); “Ruffed grouse on drumming log”; “Aspens Aflame”; “Creekside Grove”; “Nursery on the Move.”
Musings in Winter: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
Below – “Madame P”; “Taffeta”; “Portrait of Cow”; “Big Hair”; “Louis”; “Lovers.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 22 January 1798 – Lord Byron (George Gordon), an English poet and playwright.
“She Walks in Beauty”
by Lord Byron (George Gordon)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
Below – “Le Vin”; Up in the sky”; “The wood”; “Mujer collage china”; “If…..”; “Woman 22.”
A Poem for Today
by Dorianne Laux
Sometimes, when we’re on a long drive,
and we’ve talked enough and listened
to enough music and stopped twice,
once to eat, once to see the view,
we fall into this rhythm of silence.
It swings back and forth between us
like a rope over a lake.
Maybe it’s what we don’t say
that saves us.
Below – Roy Lichtenstein: “In the Car”
Contemporary American Art – Sarah Giannobile
Below – “Red City II”; “Flowers for Hawthorne”; “Trance”; “Lucid Dream”; “evening landscape with black dog”; “Tiger Lily.”
A Poem for Today
“This Stranger, My Husband”
by Freya Manfred
The older we get the stranger my husband becomes,
and the less certain I am that I know him.
We used to lie eye to eye, breathing together
in the immensity of each moment.
Lithe and starry-eyed, we could leap fences
even with babies on our backs.
His eyes still dream off
toward something in the distance I can’t see;
but now he gazes more zealously,
and leaps into battle with a more certain voice
over politics, religion, or art,
and some old friends won’t come to dinner.
The molecules of our bodies spiral off into the stars
on winds of change and chance,
as we welcome the unknown, the incalculable,
the spirit and heart of everything we named and knew so well—
and never truly named, or knew,
but only loved, at last.
Below – Mohita Bhatnagar: “Came A Long Way”