Arts Everyday Living: Escaping Social Distancing—Awakenings in Art, A Year of Sunrises





Happy New Year!  Art Circle continues with the theme of the sunrise to begin 2021!  Among the artists featured are: German Romantic painters Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) and Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869); another German Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841); American Hudson River School painter Frederic Church (1826-1900); and Frenchman Jules Tavernier (1844-1889) who was inspired by the landscape wonderland of Hawaii.



Caspar David Friedrich, Woman Before the Rising Sun, 1818-1820, oil on canvas, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


We turn not older with years but newer every day.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


Caspar David Friedrich, Countryside in the Character of the Bohemian Central Uplands (Giant Mountains), c. 1830-1835, oil on canvas, location unknown


Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering it will be happier….

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)


Carl Gustav Carus, Morning Peal (Old German City in Morning Light), c. 1840, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language

And next year’s words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

T.S. Elliot (1888-1965)


Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Morning, 1813, oil on canvas, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been…

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)


Frederic Church, Above the Clouds at Sunrise, 1849, oil on canvas, Private Collection

He who kisses joy as it flies 

Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

William Blake (1757-1827)


Jules Tavernier, Sunshine Over Diamond Head, detail, 1888, oil on canvas, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

With a bound, the sun of a molten fiery red came above the horizon, and immediately thousands of little birds sang out for joy, and soft chorus  of mysterious, glad murmurs came forth from the earth….

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)





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