Wandering in Woodacre – 25 October 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 25 October 1916 – William Merritt Chase, an American painter: Part I of II.

Below – “Open Air Breakfast”; “A Friendly Call”; “Afternoon by the Sea”; “Landscape: Shinnecock, Long Island”; “An Afternoon Stroll”; “In the Studio.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 25 October 1941 – Anne Tyler, an American novelist, short story writer, literary critic, author of “The Accidental Tourist” and”Breathing Lessons,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of Anne Tyler:

“I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.”
“I’ve always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?”
“It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away.”
“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.”

This Date in Art History: Died 25 October 1916 – William Merritt Chase, an American painter: Part II of II.

Below – “Study of a Girl in a Japanese Dress”; “A Sunny Day at Shinnecock Bay”; “At the Seaside”; “Girl in a Japanese Costume”; “Studio Interior”; “Back of a Nude.”

A Poem for Today

“Red Ballon Rising”
by Laurel Blossom

I tied it to your wrist
With a pretty pink bow, torn off
By the first little tug of wind.
I’m sorry.

I jumped to catch it, but not soon enough.
It darted away.

It still looked large and almost within reach.
Like a heart.

Watch, I said.
You squinted your little eyes.

The balloon looked happy, waving
Good-bye.

The sky is very high today, I said.
Red went black, a polka dot,

Then not. We watched it,
Even though we couldn’t

Spot it anymore at all.
Even after that.

Below – Amanda B Johnson: “She Watches”

This Date in Art History: Born 25 October 1888 – Nils Dardel, a Swedish painter.

Below – “Japanese Woman”; “Waterfall”; “Farm girl”; “Mexican girl”; “Dreams and Fantasies”; “Black Diana.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 25 October 1989 – Mary McCarthy, an award-winning American novelist and critic.

Some quotes from the work of Mary McCarthy:

“We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.”
“If someone tells you he is going to make a ‘realistic decision’, you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.”
“Congress – these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage.”
“Our language, once homely and colloquial, seeks to aggrandize our meanest activities with polysyllabic terms or it retreats from frankness into a stammering verbosity.”

Contemporary Italian Art – Federico Bebber

Below (photographs) – “We Are All Made Of Stars”; “My head is slowly exploding”; “Dream has faded”; “Methylphenidate”; “Forgive”; “Crystals.”

A Poem for Today

“Disarmed”
by Wendy Videlock

I should be diligent and firm,
I know I should, and frowning, too;
again you’ve failed to clean your room.
Not only that, the evidence
of midnight theft is in your bed—
cracked peanut shells and m&m’s
are crumbled where you rest your head,
and just above, the windowsill
is crowded with a green giraffe
(who’s peering through your telescope),
some dominoes, and half a glass
of orange juice. You hungry child,

how could I be uncharmed by this,
your secret world, your happy mess?

Below – Marcel Garbi: “In the realm of dreams (I)

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