Sentient in San Francisco – 10 April 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 10 April 1975 – Walker Evans, an American photographer and photojournalist. In the words of one writer, Evans was best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.”: Part I of II.

Below – “Tenant Farmer’s Wife, Alabama, 1936”; “Brooklyn, 1939”; “Portrait of a Woman, Tahiti, 1932”; “42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, 1929”; “Fish Market Near Birmingham, Alabama, 1936”; “Bud Fields and His Family, Hale County, Alabama, 1936.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 10 April 1931 – Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American poet, painter, philosopher, and author of “The Prophet.”
Among countercultural types during the 1960s, “The Prophet” was required reading. It is one of the most translated books in literary history.

Some quotes from the work of Kahlil Gibran:

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
“Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.”
“You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.”
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”
“And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
“A traveller I am, and a navigator, and everyday I discover a new region within my soul.”

This Date in Art History: Died 10 April 1975 – Walker Evans, an American photographer and photojournalist. In the words of one writer, Evans was best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.”: Part II of II.

Below – “Couple at Coney Island, 1928“; Country Church near Beaufort, SC, 1935”; “Interior Detail, West Virginia Coal Miner’s House, 1935”; “Stove, Heiker House, Cranberry Island, Maine , 1969”; “The Home Organ, Chester, Nova Scotia , ca. 1968–1970”; “Johnstown, Pennsylvania , 1962.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 April 1942 – Stuart Dybek, an American novelist, short story writer, and poet.

by Stuart Dybek

Sometimes they are the only thing beautiful
about a hotel.
Like transients,
come winter they have a way of disappearing,
disguised as dirty light,
limp beside a puttied pane.
Then some April afternoon
a roomer jacks a window open,
a breeze intrudes,
resuscitates memory,
and suddenly they want to fly,
while men,
looking up from the street,
are deceived a moment
into thinking
a girl in an upper story
is waving.


Contemporary French Art – Khaled Morad

Below –  “The Seeker”; “The River.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 April 1941 – Paul Theroux, an award-winning American novelist, short story writer, travel writer, and author of “The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia.”

Some quotes from the work of Paul Theroux:

“The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown.”
“You go away for a long time and return a different person – you never come all the way back.”
“My love for traveling to islands amounts to a pathological condition known as nesomania, an obsession with islands. This craze seems reasonable to me, because islands are small self-contained worlds that can help us understand larger ones.”
“It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.”
“Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost always an inner experience.”
“There has to be a measure of difficulty or problem-solving in travel for it to be worthwhile.”
“It is almost axiomatic that the worst trains take you through magical places.”
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

Contemporary British Art – Lily Greenwood

Below – “Butterflies on Crimson”; “Koi on Crimson with Turquoise and Gold”; “Maple on Prussian Blue/Copper/Gold”; “Koi Under Maple”; “Swallows at Dawn.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 10 April 2009 – Deborah Digges, an American poet.

“Greeter of Souls”
by Deborah Digges

Ponds are spring-fed, lakes run off rivers.
Here souls pass, not one deified,
and sometimes this is terrible to know
three floors below the street, where light drinks the world,
siphoned like music through portals.
How fed, that dark, the octaves framed faceless.
A memory of water.
The trees more beautiful not themselves.
Souls who have passed here, tired, brightening.
Dumpsters of linen, empty
gurneys along corridors to parking garages.
Who wonders, is it morning?
Who washes these blankets?
Can I not be the greeter of souls?
What’s to be done with the envelopes of hair?
If the inlets are frozen, can I walk across?
When I look down into myself to see a scattering of birds,
do I put on the new garments?
On which side of the river should I wait?

Below – Joachim Patinier (Flemish, circa 1480-1524): “Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx” (circa 1515-1524)

Contemporary Dutch Art – Liesbeth Meulman

Below – “Red fields”; “Peaceful”; “landscape”; “Reflection”; “Blossom.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 10 April 1966 – Evelyn Waugh, an English novelist, journalist, critic, travel writer, and author of “Brideshead Revisited” and “The Loved One.”

Some quotes from the work of Evelyn Waugh:

“Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; vagabond-language scrawled on gate-posts and paving-stones along the weary road that others have tramped before us; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us.”
“I should like to bury something precious in every place where I’ve been happy and then, when I’m old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”
“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
“To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.”
“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.”
“Beer commercials are so patriotic: Made the American Way. What does that have to do with America? Is that what America stands for? Feeling sluggish and urinating frequently?”
“For in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy.”
“An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.”
“I did not know it was possible to be so miserable and live but I am told that this is a common experience.”
“But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere, not overlooked by any window, in the heart of that grey city.”

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