Wandering in Woodacre – 22 February 2021

This Date in Art History: Died 22 February 1980 – Oskar Kokoschka, an Austrian painter.

Below – “Portrait of Lotte Franzos”; “The Bride of the Wind”; “Girl at the Window”; “Delphinium”; “Two Children”; “Herbstblumen.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 22 February 1876 – Zitkala-Sa, a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, translator, musician, educator, political activist, and author of “American Indian Stories.”

Some quotes from the work of Zitkala-Sa:

“A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.”
“For untold ages the Indian race had not used family names. A new-born child was given a brand-new name. Blue-Star Woman was proud to write her name for which she would not be required to substitute another’s upon her marriage, as is the custom of civilized peoples.”
“The old legends of America belong quite as much to the blue-eyed little patriot as to the black-haired aborigine. And when they are grown tall like the wise grown-ups may they not lack interest in a further study of Indian folklore, a study which so strongly suggests our near kinship with the rest of humanity and points a steady finger toward the great brotherhood of mankind, and by which one is so forcibly impressed with the possible earnestness of life as seen through the teepee door! If it be true that much lies ‘in the eye of the beholder,’ then in the American aborigine as in any other race, sincerity of belief, though it were based upon mere optical illusion, demands a little respect.
After all he seems at heart much like other peoples.”
“I was not wholly conscious of myself, but was more keenly alive to the fire within. It was as if I were the activity, and my hands and feet were only experiments for my spirit to work upon.”

This Date in Art History: Born 22 February 1906 – Constance Stokes, an Australian painter.

Below – “Girl in Red Tights”; “Contemplation”; “Head of a Young Girl”; “Woman with a Photograph”; “Portrait, woman in red”; “Nude at the window.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 22 February 1939 – Antonio Machado, an influential Spanish poet.

“Wayfarer, the only way…”
By Antonio Machado

Wayfarer, the only way
Is your footprints and no other.
Wayfarer, there is no way.
Make your way by going farther.
By going farther, make your way
Till looking back at where you’ve wandered,
You look back on that path you may
Not set foot on from now onward.
Wayfarer, there is no way;
Only trails of wake on water.

This Date in Art History: Died 22 February 1987 – Andy Warhol, an American painter.

Below (from “Endangered Species”) – “Big-Horn Ram”; “San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly”; “Orangutan”; “Bald Eagle”; “Siberian tiger”; “Black Rhinoceros.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 22 February 1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, an American poet, playwright, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Ebb”

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.

Below – Phillip Ludwig: “Tidepools”

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