Sentient in San Francisco – 28 March 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 28 March 1917 – Albert Pinkham Ryder, an American painter.

Below – “The Lover’s Boat”; “The Spirit of Autumn”; “The Lone Scout”; “Pond in Moonlight”; “Evening Glow, The Old Red Cow”; “Spring.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 28 March 1868 – Maxim Gorky, a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright.

Some quotes from the work of Maxim Gorky:

“Politics is the soil in which the nettle of poisonous enmity, evil suspicions, shameless lies, slander, morbid ambitions, and disrespect for the individual grows rapidly and luxuriantly. Name anything bad in man and it is precisely in the soil of political struggle that it grows with particular liveliness and abundance.”
“Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.”
“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”
“When everything is easy one quickly gets stupid.”
“Our most merciless enemy is our past.”
“The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.”
“Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That’s why we want to be considerate of every man – Who knows what’s in him, why he was born and what he can do?”

This Date in Art History: Died 28 March 1985 – Marc Chagall, a Russian-French painter.

Below – “The Drover, The Cattle Dealer”; “Still Life”; “Bella with White Collar”; “The Circus”; “To My Betrothed”; “Maternity.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 28 March 1909 – Nelson Algren, an American novelist, short story writer, and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Nelson Algren:

“When we get more houses than we can live in, more cars than we can ride in, more food than we can eat ourselves, the only way of getting richer is by cutting off those who don’t have enough.”
“Chicago divided your heart. Leaving you loving the joint for keeps. Yet knowing it never can love you.”
“Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.”
“To literary critics a book is assumed to be guilty until it proves itself innocent.”
“And money can’t buy everything. For example: poverty.”
“Our myths are so many, our vision so dim, our self-deception so deep and our smugness so gross that scarcely any way now remains of reporting the American Century except from behind the billboards.”

This Date in Art History: Died 28 March 2006 – Pro Hart, an Australian painter.

Below – “Mending the Gate”; “Football Match”; “Kids Playing”; “Into the Waterhole”; “Folly Horse”; “Landscape.”

Remembering a Performer on the Date of His Birth: Born 28 March 1972 – Nick Frost, an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and author. Frost is best known for his collaborations with Simon Pegg in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End.”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Kasia Derwinska: Part I of II.

Below (photographs) – “the city of wonders”; “lost chance”; “brain break”; “to start all over”; “millions of masks for millions of roles”; “the book of untold story.”

A Poem for Today

Out of the World There Passed a Soul”
by Sherod Santos

The day of my mother’s funeral I spend clearing out
her overgrown flower beds, down on my knees
in the leaf rot, nut shells, tiny grains of sandlot sand
spilling from the runoff gullies. The hot work was to see
not feel what had to be done, not to go on asking,
not to wonder anymore. Full from scraps I’d found
at the back of the refrigerator, her mongrel dog
lay curled on a stone and watched me work.
It was Sunday. The telephone rang, then stopped,
then rang again. By the end of the day, I’d done
what I could. I swept the walk, put away the tools,
switched on the indoor safety lamps, and then
(it hardly matters what I think I felt) I closed
the gate on a house where no one lived anymore.

Contemporary Spanish Art – Kasia Derwinska: Part II of II.

Below (photographs) – “no one fills this empty space”; “solitude is an anchor”; “the tree of one wish”; “the museum of useless efforts”; “the art of forgetting”; “less is more.”

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