Wandering in Woodacre – 7 April 2021

This Date in Art History: Died 7 April 1938 – Suzanne Valadon, a French painter and the first woman painter admitted to the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Below – “The Blue Room”; “La rose au miroir”; “Madame au petit chien”; “The Abandoned”; “Casting the Net”; “The Joy of Life.”

This Date in Movie History: Born 7 April. 1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, an award-winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Coppola is responsible for three of the greatest films in the history of cinema: “The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II,” and “Apocalypse Now.”

Some quotes from Francis Ford Coppola:

“The things you get fired for when you’re young are the same things that you get lifetime achievement awards for when you’re old.”
“You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”
“Although knowledge of structure is helpful, real creativity comes from leaps of faith in which you jump to something illogical. But those leaps form the memorable moments in movies and plays.”
“The whole reason one wants to do lower budget films is because the lower the budget, the bigger the ideas, the bigger the themes, the more interesting the art.”
“Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food.”
“Most directors have one masterpiece by which they are known. Kurosawa has at least eight or nine.”

Contemporary Nigerian Art – Damola Ayegbayo

Below – “Purpose of existence”; “Care giver”; “The girl with a pearl earring”; “Isolation 2”; “Culture I”; “Culture II.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 7 April 1931 – Donald Barthelme, an American short story writer, novelist, author of “Snow White,” and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Donald Barthelme:

“There was no particular point at which I stopped being promising.”
“The aim of literature … is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.”
“There is no moment that exceeds in beauty that moment when one looks at a woman and finds that she is looking at you in the same way that you are looking at her. The moment in which she bestows that look that says, ‘Proceed with your evil plan, sumbitch.’”
“How can you be alienated without first having been connected?”
“The privileged classes can afford psychoanalysis and whiskey. Whereas all we get is sermons and sour wine. This is manifestly unfair. I protest, silently.”
“I believe that because I had obtained a wife who was made up of wife-signs (beauty, charm, softness, perfume, cookery) I had found love.”
“Goals incapable of attainment have driven many a man to despair, but despair is easier to get to than that — one need merely look out of the window, for example.”

Contemporary Dutch Art -Nynke Kuipers

Below – “Hungry birds II”; “Moss forest”; “The robin in the birch”; “Ice in the forest”; “Heron”; “Cranes”; “Scarlet ibis.”

A Poem for Today

by Mizuta Masahide

Barn’s burnt down–
I can see the moon.

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