I don’t believe there are 100 houses in the village or town. The main building after the old church, an ancient fortress, is the barracks. And what houses at that….. Vincent van Gogh, letter to brother Theo, 6/4/1888 In early June 1888, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) journeyed from his home in Arles, in southern France, to […]
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Life is just a bowl of cherries.* Spanish artist Luis Melendez (1716-1780) specialized in still life painting; his works are highly regarded today for their precision and realism. *From the song of the same title by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown, 1931. In U.S. public domain.
We ran as if to meet the moon… Robert Frost* Although born in Great Britain, artist Henry Farrer (1844-1903) spent most of his mature career in the United States, creating unique and expressive landscapes often using the medium of watercolor. The poetry of American writer Robert Frost (1874-1963) reflects his creative and emotional ties with […]
No one is ever satisfied where he is…only the children know what they are looking for…. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince The identity of both the subjects and artist of the moving portrait above is still not certain. Its painter might be Joseph Boze (1744-1826), a French portraitist, who also depicted the doomed royal pair […]
There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and it fills it with noblest inclinations. Washington Irving, Sketch Book American Impressionist John H. Twachtman (1853-1902) often recreated the beauty of his home and surrounding property, with a particular love for winter evident in Winter Harmony […]
Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. Agnes Sligh Turnbull, The Flowering Italian artist Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670) was a successful painter of the Baroque era; American novelist and short story writer Agnes Sligh Turnbull (1888-1982), produced numerous works often set in her native western Pennsylvania.
“Life,’ wrote a friend of mine, ‘is a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.” E. M. Forster, A Room with a View American artist William Harnett (1848-1892) specialized in still life, especially trompe-l’oeil works, perceived by a “trick of the eye” as three dimensional objects. The novels of […]
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads. Anatole France* French Impressionist leader Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a supreme landscapist; The Wooded Path is an early work, done when he was only in his twenties. *A Touch of Class by Carl Vanderheyden
A card of a suit where cards will win over a card that is not of this suit—also called a trump card. Merriam-Webster dictionary Pre-Raphaelite British artist John Everett Millais (1829-1896) may have lived during the Victorian period, but he also recreated past eras in works such as Hearts are Trump, set in 18th century England.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake…. Henry David Thoreau* Symbolist French artist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) is rarely surpassed in his extraordinary representations of flowers. The writings of author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) continue to be relevant in the 21st century, ranging from the environment to politics. *A Week on the Concord […]