Sentient in San Francisco – 13 February 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 13 February 1906 – Albert Gottschalk, a Danish painter.

Below – “Afternoon in April”; “Ruins in the Campania”; “Evening Landscape in Tisvilde”; “An Old Garden Gate, Kogegaard”; “Portrait of a woman in black”; “Winter in Lyngby.”

Musings in Winter: Hermann Hesse

“Every experience has its element of magic.”

This Date in Art History: Died 13 February 1958 – Georges Rouault, a French painter and illustrator.

Below – “Carlotta”; “The Old King”; “Face a face”; “Dame au chapeau à plume”; “Paysage anime”; “La Route.”

A Poem for Today

“Nightmare”
by Melissa Balmain

Your TV cable’s on the fritz.
Your Xbox is corroded.
Your iPod sits in useless bits.
Your Game Boy just imploded.

Your cell phone? Static’s off the scale.
Your land line? Disconnected.
You’ve got no mail—E, junk or snail.
Your hard drive is infected.

So here you idle, dumb and blue,
with children, spouse and mother—
and wish you knew what people do
to entertain each other.


This Date in Art History: Born 13 February 1930 – Ernst Fuchs, an Austrian painter, sculptor, and illustrator.

Below – “Blooms”; “Comme Maman”; “Schlafender Engel”; Untitled; “Achilles”; “Frau Lot.”

Remembering a Composer on the Date of His Death: Died 13 February 1883 – Richard Wagner, a German composer, theater director, and conductor.

Contemporary American Art – Markenzy Cesar

Below – “Chute D’eau (waterfall)”; “Le Mur (the wall); “male dancer”; “Girl on Fire”; “Sur la Plage (on the beach)”; “La petite danceuse noir.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 13 February 2010 – Lucille Clifton, an American poet.

“blessing the boats”
by Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

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