This Date in Art History: Born 24 June 1854 – Eleanor Norcross, an American painter.
Below – “Woman in a Garden”; “My Studio”; “Ladies at the Piano”; Untitled; “Jeune fille à la robe rouge.”
This Date in Literary History: Died 24 June 1909 – Sarah Orne Jewett, an American novelist, snort story writer, poet, and author of “The Country of the Pointed Firs,” who is best known for her local color works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine.
Some quotes from the work of Sarah Orne Jewett:
“This was one of those perfect New England days in late summer where the spirit of autumn takes a first stealing flight, like a spy, through the ripening country-side, and, with feigned sympathy for those who droop with August heat, puts her cool cloak of bracing air about leaf and flower and human shoulders.”
“A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.”
“My childhood is very vivid to me, and I don’t feel very different now from the way I felt then. It would appear I am the very same person, only with wrinkles.”
“It seems to me like stealing, for men and women to live in the world and do nothing to make it better.”
“In the life of each of us there is a place remote and islanded, and given to endless regret or secret happiness.”
Below – “Snow in New York”; “The Blue Kimono”; “The Beach Hat”; “Tan Gan”; “Sunlight, Girl on Beach, Avalon”; “Marine with Rocks.”
“I Leave Her Weeping”
by Liz Rosenberg
I leave her weeping in her barred little bed,
her warm hand clutching at my hand,
but she doesn’t want a kiss, or to hug the dog goodnight—
she keeps crying mommy, uhhh, mommy,
with her lovely crumpled face
like a golden piece of paper I am throwing away.
We have been playing for hours,
and now we need to stop, and she does not want
to. She is counting on me to lower the boom
that is her heavy body, and settle her down.
I rub her ribcage, I arrange the blankets around her hips.
Downstairs are lethal phonecalls I have to answer.
dying, I need to call.
My daughter may be weeping all my tears,
I only know
that even this young
and lying on her side,
her head uplifted like a cupped tulip,
sometimes she needs to cry.
Below – Mary Cassatt: “Mother and Child”
This Date in Art History: Born 24 June 1863 – Jean Metzinger, a French painter.
Below – “Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage”; “Paysage coloré aux oiseaux aquatiques”; “Two Nudes in an Exotic Landscape”; “Coucher de Soleil No. 1”; “A Peacock”; “La danse (Bacchante).”
This Date in Literary History: Born 24 June 1842 – Ambrose Bierce, an American short story writer, essayist, journalist, and author of “The Devil’s Dictionary.”
Some quotes from “The Devil’s Dictionary”:
“Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.”
“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”
“Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
“Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.”
“Patience – A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”
“Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.”
“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”
“Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.”
“Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
“Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.”
“Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”
“Heathen, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something he can see and feel.”
“Positive, adj.: Mistaken at the top of one’s voice.”
“Fidelity, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.”
“Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.”
“Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.”
“Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.”
This Date in Art History: Died 24 June 1991 – Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican painter and illustrator.
Below – “Moon Dog”; “Watermelons”; “Wolf Howling at the Moon”; “Dos Perros”; “Women Reaching for the Moon”; “Dos mujeres en rojos.”
A Poem for Today
by Mark Smith-Soto
Chico whines, no reason why. Just now walked,
dinner gobbled, head and ears well scratched.
And yet he whines, looking up at me as if confused
at my just sitting here, typing away, while darkness
is stalking the back yard. How can I be so blind,
he wants to know, how sad, how tragic, how I
won’t listen before it is too late. His whines are
refugees from a brain where time and loss have
small dominion, but where the tyranny of now
is absolute. I get up and throw open the kitchen door,
and he disappears down the cement steps, barking
deeper and darker than I remember. I follow
to find him perfectly still in the empty yard—
the two of us in the twilight, standing guard.