Sentient in San Francisco- 24 April 2020

This Date in Art History: Born 24 April 1878 – Jean Crotti, a French painter.

Below – “Portrait in red”; Untitled; “Surprises”; “Portrait of a lady”; “Two Heads”; “Female nude.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 24 April 1947 – Willa Cather, an American novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Willa Cather:

“Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.”
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”
“Men travel faster now, but I do not know if they go to better things.”
“Human relationships are the tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them.”
“There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.”
“The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.”
“I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”
“One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world’s end somewhere, and hold fast to the days.”
“The end is nothing; the road is all.”

Contemporary Polish Art – Agnieszka Borkowska

Below – “Future”; “Competition”; “Confused”; “cheer up”; “A Swimmer III”; “Lonely vacations.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 24 April 1942 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, a Canadian novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, and author of “Anne of Green Gables.”

Some quotes from the work of Lucy Maud Montgomery:

“Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it’s what they bring to the world that really counts.”
“We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
“You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.”
“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
“Dogs want only love but cats demand worship.”
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
“Maples are such sociable trees … They’re always rustling and whispering to you.”
“A house isn’t a home without the ineffable contentment of a cat with its tail folded about its feet. A cat gives mystery, charm, suggestion.”
“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it…until they have grown so old that they forget the way. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again…The world calls them singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.”
“There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves–so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much everywhere in which to delight, and for which to be thankful.”
“Nobody is ever too old to dream. And dreams never grow old.”

Contemporary South Korean Art – Eury Kim

Below – “Camellia”; “The ballerina: Cherry blossom”; “Daydream Purple”; “The ballerina: Snow flakes”; “Sweetbitter”; “Moonflowers”; Nostalgia Jakaranda.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 24 April 1905 – Robert Penn Warren, an American novelist, poet, literary critic, recipient of the National Book Award, and three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry: Part I of II.

Some quotes from the work of Robert Penn Warren:

“The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.”
“I think the greatest curse of American society has been the idea of an easy millennialism — that some new drug, or the next election or the latest in social engineering will solve everything.”
“Everything seems an echo of something else.”
“Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They’re inexpensive and easy to procure.”
“The asking and the answering which history provides may help us to understand, even to frame, the logic of experience to which we shall submit. History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.”
“The image that fiction presents is purged of the distractions, confusions and accidents of ordinary life.”
“To be an American is not…a matter of blood; it is a matter of an idea–and history is the image of that idea.”
“The poem . . . is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.”
“So little time we live in Time,
And we learn all so painfully,
That we may spare this hour’s term
To practice for Eternity.”

Contemporary American Art – Tatyana Ostapenko

Below – “Table Setting”; “Blue Chair”; “Watermelon Eaters”; “Black Sea”; “Flying”; “Conversation”; “Deciduous”; “Happy Couple.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 24 April 1905 – Robert Penn Warren, an American novelist, poet, literary critic, recipient of the National Book Award, and three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Robert Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry: Part II of II.

“Tell Me a Story”
by Robert Penn Warren

[ A ]

Long ago, in Kentucky, I, a boy, stood
By a dirt road, in first dark, and heard
The great geese hoot northward.

I could not see them, there being no moon
And the stars sparse.  I heard them.

I did not know what was happening in my heart.

It was the season before the elderberry blooms,
Therefore they were going north.

The sound was passing northward.

[ B ]

Tell me a story.

In this century, and moment, of mania,
Tell me a story.

Make it a story of great distances, and starlight.

The name of the story will be Time,
But you must not pronounce its name.

Tell me a story of deep delight.


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