Sentient in San Francisco – 11 June 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 11 June 1852 – Karl Bryuliov, a Russian painter.

Below – “The Dream of a Girl Before a Sunrise”; “Girl gathering grapes in the vicinity of Naples”; “Italian Morning”; “Italian Midday”; “Portrait of Sophia Andreevna Bobrinskya (Shuvalova)”; “The Last Day of Pompeii.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 11 June 1925 – William Styron, an American novelist, essayist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of William Styron:

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

“Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self — to the mediating intellect– as to verge close to being beyond description. It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode.”

“What this country needs… what this great land of ours needs is something to happen to it. Something ferocious and tragic, like what happened to Jericho or the cities of the plain – something terrible I mean, son, so that when the people have been through hellfire and the crucible, and have suffered agony enough and grief, they’ll be people again, human beings, not a bunch of smug contented cows rooting at the trough.”

“We each devise our means of escape from the intolerable.”

“It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.”

“In Vineyard Haven, on Martha’s Vineyard, mostly I love the soft collision here of harbor and shore, the subtly haunting briny quality that all small towns have when they are situated on the sea.”

“Reading – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.”

“Which is worse, past or future? Neither. I will fold up my mind like a leaf and drift on this stream over the brink.”

Contemporary American Art – Brian Adgate

Below – ‘Landscape with two Red Hills”; “Deep Canyon Landscape”; “Flower Dance in a Costa Rican Jungle”; “Bright Flowers Dark Hills”; “Ascending Moon Descending Orchids – Night Garden Series”; “Morning and Evening Glories – Night Garden Series.”

A Poem for Today


by Tim Nolan

How can we believe he did it— 

every day—for all those years?

We remember how the musicians 

gathered for him—and the prostitutes

arranged themselves the way he wanted— 

and even the helmeted monkeys

with their little toy car cerebella— 

posed—and the fish on the plate—

remained after he ate the fish— 

Bones—What do we do with this

life?—except announce: Joy. 

Joy. Joy’—from the lead—‘

to the oil—to the stretch of bright 

canvas—stretched—to the end of it all.

Below – Pablo Picasso: “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”

Contemporary Ukrainian Painting: Tetiana Yabloed: Part I of II. 

Below – “Say my name and everything just start”; “Metamorphosis”;“The amber gold”; “Solo.”

Musings in Spring: A. A. Milne

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

Below – Kaneyoshi Tabuchi: “A bridge over a fast flowing river”

Contemporary Ukrainian Painting: Tetiana Yabloed: Part II of II. 

Below – “Braveheart”; “Break Free”; “Miracles inside”;  “Chasing Stars.”

A Poem for Today

“Remaking a Neglected Orchard”

by Nathaniel Perry

It was a good idea, cutting away

the vines and ivy, trimming back 

the chest-high thicket lazy years 

had let grow here. Though it wasn’t for lack

of love for the trees, I’d like to point out. 

Years love trees in a way we can’t 

imagine. They just don’t use the fruit 

like us; they want instead the slant

of sun through narrow branches, the buckshot 

of rain on these old cherries. And we, 

now that I think on it, want those 

things too, we just always and desperately

want the sugar of the fruit, the best 

we’ll get from this irascible land: 

sweetness we can gather for years, 

new stains staining the stains on our hands.

Below – Michael Durst: “The Cherry Orchard”

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