Sentient in San Francisco – 16 April 2019

Contemporary German Art – Blue Moon – Heike Schmidt

Below – “Jungle of Life”; “Longing For The Sea II”; “Dreamworld Blue”; “Morning Mood”; Meditation.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 16 April 1844 – Anatole France, a French novelist, journalist, poet, and recipient of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Anatole France:

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
“Stupidity is far more dangerous than evil, for evil takes a break from time to time, stupidity does not.”
“The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.”
“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.”
“A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reform. It does not haggle over expenditures for armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain.”
“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
“Man is a rational animal. He can think up a reason for anything he wants to believe.”
“Sometimes one day in a difference place gives you more than ten years of a life at home.”
“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.”

Contemporary British Art – Matt Jukes

Below –  “Through the Clouds”; “Rising.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 16 April 1972 – Yasunari Kawabata, a Japanese novelist, short story writer, and recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Yasunari Kawabata:

“Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”
“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”
“Now, even more than the evening before, he could think of no one with whom to compare her. She had become absolute, beyond comparison. She had become decision and fate.”
“A child walked by, rolling a metal hoop that made a sound of autumn.”
“The snow on the distant mountains was soft and creamy, as if veiled in a faint smoke.”

Contemporary Brazilian Art – Beatriz Mendonça de Castilho

Below – “Portrait 73”; “Woman face 95”; “Lady Gray Look.”

Remembering a Performer on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 April 1946 – R. Carlos Nakai, a Native American flutist of Navajo/Ute heritage.

Contemporary Irish Art – Anna Matykiewicz: Part I of II.

Below – “Small BIG dreams”; “Portrait in blue.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 16 April 1968 – Edna Ferber, an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Edna Ferber:

“Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.”
“It’s terrible to realize that you don’t learn how to live until you’re ready to die; and, then it’s too late.”
“A closed mind is a dying mind.”
“There is an interesting resemblance in the speeches of dictators, no matter what country they may hail from or what language they may speak.”
“Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.”
“Home isn’t always the place where you were born and bred. Home is the place where your everyday clothes are, and where somebody or something needs you.”
“Spring … made fair false promises which summer was called upon to keep.”
“Funny, isn’t it, how your whole life goes by while you think you’re only planning the way you’re going to live it?”

Contemporary Irish Art – Anna Matykiewicz: Part II of II.

Below – “Bluetones”; “Deep burnt”; “Vision.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 16 April 1922 – Kingsley Amis, an English novelist, poet, and critic.

Some quotes from the work of Kingsley Amis:

“The rewards for being sane may not be very many, but knowing what’s funny is one of them.”
“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”
“When that ineffable compound of depression, sadness (these two are not the same), anxiety, self-hatred, sense of failure and fear for the future begins to steal over you, start telling yourself that what you have is a hangover. You are not sickening for anything, you have not suffered a minor brain lesion, you are not all that bad at your job, your family and friends are not leagued in a conspiracy of barely maintained silence about what a shit you are, you have not come at last to see life as it really is and there is no use crying over spilt milk.”
“Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence. ”
“Never despise a drink because it is easy to make and/or uses commercial mixes. Unquestioning devotion to authenticity is, in any department of life, a mark of the naive – or worse.”
“He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.”
“It is natural and harmless in English to use a preposition to end a sentence with.”
“A German wine label is one of the things life’s too short for.”
“Nothing short of physical handicap has ever made anybody turn over a new leaf.”
“Wives and such are constantly filling up any refrigerator they have a claim on, even its ice-compartment, with irrelevant rubbish like food.”
“With some exceptions in science fiction and other genres I have small difficulty in avoiding anything that could be called American literature. I feel it is unnatural, not I think entirely because it uses a language that is not mine, however closely akin to my own.”
“The human race has not devised any way of dissolving barriers, getting to know the other chap fast, breaking the ice, that is one-tenth as handy and efficient as letting you and the other chap, or chaps, cease to be totally sober at about the same rate in agreeable surroundings.”

Contemporary Austrian Art – Petra Kaindel

Below – “…and don’t forget to freeze your eggs”; “Chandelier I”; “Fleeting”; “Clelia at the Tate Britain.”

A Poem for Today

“Living Tree”
by Robert Morgan

It’s said they planted trees by graves
to soak up spirits of the dead
through roots into the growing wood.

The favorite in the burial yards
I knew was common juniper.
One could do worse than pass into
such a species. I like to think
that when I’m gone the chemicals
and yes the spirit that was me
might be searched out by subtle roots
and raised with sap through capillaries
into an upright, fragrant trunk,
and aromatic twigs and bark,
through needles bright as hoarfrost to
the sunlight for a century
or more, in wood repelling rot
and standing tall with monuments
and statues there on the far hill,
erect as truth, a testimony,
in ground that’s dignified by loss,
around a melancholy tree
that’s pointing toward infinity.

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