Sentient in San Francisco – 10 July 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 10 July 1830 – Camille Pissarro, a Danish-French painter.

Below – “Two Women Chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas”; “Orchard in Bloom”; “Hay Harvest at Eragny”; “Conversation”; “Young Peasant at her Toilette”; “Landscape With A White Horse In A Field, L’Ermitage.”

A Poem for Today

“The Owl”
by Wendy Videlock

Beneath her nest,
a shrew’s head,
a finch’s beak
and the bones
of a quail attest

the owl devours
the hour,
and disregards
the rest.

Below – Olga Shvartsur: “Great Horned Owl”

This Date in Art History: Born 10 July 1874 – Sergey Konenkov, a Russian sculptor.

Below – “Bather”; “Thinker”; “Lada”; “Russia”; “Female Nude”;

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 July 1931 – Alice Munro, a Canadian short story writer and recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Alice Munro:

“People are curious. A few people are. … They will put things together, knowing all along that they may be mistaken. You see them going around with notebooks, scraping the dirt off gravestones, reading microfilm, just in the hope of seeing this trickle in time, making a connection, rescuing one thing from the rubbish.”
“The complexity of things – the things within things – just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.”
“Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her.”
“Life would be grand if it weren’t for the people.”
“Love removes the world for you, and just as surely when it’s going well as when it’s going badly.”
“Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories – and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.”
“I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, and that doesn’t mean that it has to be a happy ending or anything, but just that everything the story tells moves the reader in such a way that you feel you are a different person when you finish.”
“The constant happiness is curiosity.”
“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”

This Date in Art History: Born 10 July 1888 – Giorgio de Chirico, an Italian painter.

Below – “Square with Ariadne”; “The Song of Love”; “The Nostalgia of the Infinite”; “Mystery and Melancholy of a Street”; “The Muse of Silence”; “Great Metaphysical Interior.”

A Poem for Today

“Music Is Time”
by Jill Bialosky

‘Music is time,’ said the violin master.
You can’t miss the stop or you’ll miss the train.
‘One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.’

She clapped her hands together
as the boy moved the bow across the strings.
‘One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four,’ the violin master shouted,

louder and more shrill so that her voice
traveled through the house like a metronome,
guiding him, commanding him to translate the beat,
to trust his own internal rhythm.

‘Good boy,’ she said.
‘See how hard you have to be on yourself?
How will your violin know who you are
unless you make it speak?’

Contemporary American Art – Liesel Marelli

Below – “Sea Breeze”; “Romance in Water”; “Tide 2.9”; “Haunted”; “The Snowfall”; “Dream.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 10 July 1871 – Marcel Proust, a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental seven-volume novel “In Search of Lost Time.”

Some quotes from the work of Marcel Proust:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
“Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.”
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“The bonds between ourselves and another person exist only in our minds. Memory as it grows fainter loosens them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we want to be duped and which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we dupe other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature who cannot escape from himself, who knows other people only in himself, and when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.”
“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”
“It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.”
“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
“If we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.”
“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
“Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.”
“Even though our lives wander, our memories remain in one place.”
“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”

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