Sentient in San Francisco – 27 April 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 27 April 1857 – Theodor Kittelsen, a Norwegian painter and illustrator.

Below – “Echo”; “The Hulder That Disappeared”; “Woodpecker”; “Stooks of Grain in Moonlight”; “Boy on white horse”; “The 12 wild ducks.”

This Date in Literary and Intellectual History: Born 27 April 1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.

Some quotes from the work of Mary Wollstonecraft:

“Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government.”
“Only that education deserves emphatically to be termed cultivation of the mind which teaches young people how to begin to think.”
“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”
“The more equality there is established among men, the more virtue and happiness will reign in society.”
“Men, in general, seem to employ their reason to justify prejudices…rather than to root them out.”
“The appetites will rule if the mind is vacant.”
“The beginning is always today.”

Contemporary Polish Art – Dariusz Kaca

Below (relief prints) – “The Meeting after Storm”; “Show in Nature”; “Blue Nocturne”; “Twilight Birds.”


A Poem for Today

“School”
by Daniel J. Langton

I was sent home the first day
with a note: Danny needs a ruler.
My father nodded, nothing seemed so apt.
School is for rules, countries need rulers,
graphs need graphing, the world is straight ahead.

It had metrics one side, inches the other.
You could see where it started
and why it stopped, a foot along,
how it ruled the flighty pen,
which petered out sideways when you dreamt.

I could have learned a lot,
understood latitude, or the border with Canada,
so stern compared to the South
and its unruly river with two names.
But that first day, meandering home, I dropped it.


Contemporary Chilean Art – Veronica Byers

Below – “Fiesta”; “Waiting”; “Loneliness”; “Being a kid again”; “Why?”; “Black Eyes.”

This Date in Literary and Intellectual History: Died 27 April 1882 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, poet, and leader of the transcendentalist movement.

Some quotes from the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
“Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
“Be not the slave of your own past.”
“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Andrey Chebotaru

Below – “Blue stones, Simeiz”; “Water Lilies, Morning”; “Dawn in the Marina, Netherlands”; “Sunny morning in the Bay of Biscay, France”; “Yachts, Antibes”; “Seaside of the North Sea.”

A Poem for Today

“Flathead Lake, October”
by Geraldine Connolly

The eagle floats and glides,
circling the burnished aspen,

then takes the high pines
with a flash of underwing.

As surely as the eagle sails
toward the bay’s open curve,

as surely as he swoops and seizes
the struggling fish, pulling

it from an osprey’s beak;
so too, autumn descends,

to steal the glistening
summer from our open hands.

Below – Flathead Lake, Montana in Autumn.

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