Sentient in San Francisco – 25 February 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 25 February 1910 – Thomas Worthington Whittredge, an American painter.

Below – “Crossing the River Platte”; “Along the Delaware”; “Apples”; “Autumn, Catskill Mountains in the Mist”; “The Brook in the Woods”; “October on the Hudson near West Point.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 25 February 1983 – Tennessee Williams, an American playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Tennessee Williams:

“The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.”
“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”
“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”
“In memory everything seems to happen to music.”
“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.”
“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”
“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”


This Date in Art History: Born 25 February 1841 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French painter and sculptor.

Below – “The Theater Box”; “The Swing”; “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”; “Luncheon on the Boating Party”; “By the Water”; “The Large Bathers.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 25 February 1980 – Robert Hayden, an award-winning American poet and essayist.

“Those Winter Sundays”
by Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?

Contemporary Canadian Art – Jerome Rochette: Part I of II.

Below – “Migrant”; “I’ll find you my love”; “Five Roses”; “Work”; “Venice”; “I’ll give you all.”

Musings in Winter: Helen Keller

“Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

Below – Michelle Basic Hendry: “Open Door”

Contemporary Canadian Art – Jerome Rochette: Part II of II.

Below – “look at you”; “L’ile aux oies”; “Quand je pense a toi”; “Yesterday”; “To the end of love”; “Whatever.”

A Poem for Today

“I Save My Love”
by Marge Saiser

I save my love for what is close,
for the dog’s eyes, the depths of brown
when I take a wet cloth to them
to wash his face. I save my love
for the smell of coffee at The Mill,
the roasted near-burn of it, especially
the remnant that stays later
in the fibers of my coat. I save my love
for what stays. The white puff
my breath makes when I stand
at night on my doorstep.
That mist doesn’t last, evaporates
like your car turning the corner,
you at the wheel, waving.
Your hand a quick tremble in a
brief illumination. Palm and fingers.
Your face toward me. You had
turned on the over-head light so I would
see you for an instant, see you waving,
see you gone.

Below – Will Barnet: “Woman by the Sea”

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