Arts Everyday Living: More Expressions of Painting and Poetry—A Hidden Love?

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Jean-Francois Millet, The Bouquet of Margueritas, 1866, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France



I hide myself within my flower,

That wearing on your breast,

You, unsuspecting, wear me too—

And angels know the rest.

I hide myself within my flower,

That, fading from your vase,

You, unsuspecting, feel for me

Almost a loneliness.

             Emily Dickinson

New England poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and French painter Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) may have both been creating at the same time, but the level of recognition by their contemporaries was quite different.  For Dickinson wrote her verses in relative obscurity, while Millet enjoyed considerable fame during his years as an artist  especially for his The Angelus (c. 1857-1859).

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