This Date in Art History: Born 17 February 1876 – Constantin Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor, painter, and photographer who made his career in France.
Below – “Bird in Space”; “Muse”; “Sleeping Muse”; “Portrait of a Woman”; “The Kiss”; “Portrait of a Woman.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 19 February 1902 – Kay Boyle, an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, political activist, and victim of 1950s McCarthyism.
Some quotes from the work of Kay Boyle:
“There is only one history of any importance, and it is the history of what you once believed in, and the history of what you came to believe in.”
“The decision to speak out is the vocation and lifelong peril by which the intellectual must live.”
“Drink was the most fearsome of deceivers … for it promised one thing and came through with quite another.”
“Ah, trouble, trouble, there are the two different kinds … there’s the one you give and the other you take.”
“You can reconstruct the picture from chaos and memory’s ruins.”
“Springtime is a season we tend to forget as we grow older, and yet far back in our memories, like the landscape of a country visited long ago, it’s always there.”
This Date in Art History: Born 19 February 1877 – Gabriele Munter, a German painter.
Below – “The Yellow House”; “Blauer Kegelberg”; “Anna Rosalind”; “Staffelsee”; “Landschaft am Meer”; “Breakfast of the Birds.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 19 February 2016 – Harper Lee, an American novelist, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
Some quotes from the work of Harper Lee:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of another… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
“As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, ‘I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.’”
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
“It’s better to be silent than to be a fool.”
“Things are always better in the morning.”
“Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it. And, Oprah, can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up — some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
Below – “tour Eifel #2”; “Death Valley #2”; “Staircase Mollien”; “Chicago Tree-of-life”; “Champs-Elysee #1, before sunrise”; “Le Defense-Reflections 01.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 19 February 1926 – Frederick Seidel, an American poet.
by Frederick Seidel
Snow is what it does.
It falls and it stays and it goes.
It melts and it is here somewhere.
We all will get there.
Below – “Dynasty”; “no doubt about it”; “twenty-four”; “pride”; “opiate”; “whilst.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 19 February 1917 – Carson McCullers, an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and author of “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
Some quotes from the work of Carson McCullers:
“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”
“Falling in love is the easiest thing in the world. It’s standing in love that matters.”
“To know who you are, you have to have a place to come from.
How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”
“I must go home periodically to renew my sense of horror.”
“We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart – the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong.”
“There is no stillness like the quiet of the first cold nights in the fall.”
“Love is the bridge that leads from the I sense to the We, and there is a paradox about personal love. Love of another individual opens a new relation between the personality and the world. The lover responds in a new way to nature and may even write poetry. Love is affirmation; it motivates the yes responses and the sense of wider communication. Love casts out fear, and in the security of this togetherness we find contentment, courage. We no longer fear the age-old haunting questions: ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why am I?’ ‘Where am I going?’ – and having cast out fear, we can be honest and charitable.”
“The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of another’s fire…driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there’s no sign of love in sight!”
Contemporary Australian Art – Loui Jover: Part II of II.
Below – “haze”; “right”; “I guess that’s why”; “keystones”; “ask my why”; “my intelligence.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 19 February 1952 – Amy Tan, an American novelist, essayist, short story writer, and author of “The Joy Luck Club.”
Some quotes from the work of Amy Tan:
“How can you blame a person for his fears and weaknesses unless you have felt the same and done differently?”
“I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength…’strongest wind cannot be seen.’”
“No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached.”
“You should think about your character. Know where you are changing, how you will be changed, what cannot be changed back again.”
“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
“How do I create something out of nothing? And how do I create my own life? I think it is by questioning, and saying to myself that there are no absolute truths.”
“I take a few quick sips. ‘This is really good.’ And I mean it. I have never tasted tea like this. It is smooth, pungent, and instantly addicting. ‘This is from Grand Auntie,’ my mother explains. ‘She told me “If I buy the cheap tea, then I am saying that my whole life has not been worth something better.” A few years ago she bought it for herself. One hundred dollars a pound.’ ‘You’re kidding.’ I take another sip. It tastes even better.”
“I hid my deepest feelings so well I forgot where I placed them.”
“And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds ‘joy luck’ is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation.”