28.7.10

woman ironing . . .

woman ironing 1901
alfred stiegliz collection, 1949
metropolitan museum, nyc
(c) 2010 estate of pablo picasso (ars) NY

boy in red waistcoat . . .

Paul Cézanne (painter)
French, 1839 - 1906 
Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890
oil on canvas
overall: 89.5 x 72.4 cm (35 1/4 x 28 1/2 in.)
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art
1995.47.5 


This is, at once, an astonishingly modern painting and one that reflects Cézanne's admiration for and connection to the past. He said himself that he "wanted to make of impressionism something solid and durable like the art of the museums." The boy's pose is that of an academic life study, and for some it has recalled the languid elegance of sixteenth-century portraiture. As a young man in Paris, Cézanne had learned not only from his impressionist colleagues but also by studying old masters in the Louvre.
On the other hand, it is possible to see this "portrait" as existing primarily as shapes and colors. Notice the paints used in the hands and face: these greens and mauves have little to do with human flesh. The almost dizzying background of angles and gentle arcs—it is hard at first to "read" them as draperies and a chair back—divide space rather than define it. A work such as this looks forward to the reconstructed pictorial space of the cubists Georges Braque and Picasso, leading one noted critic to write, "Cézanne's art . . . lies between the old kind of picture, faithful to a striking or beautiful object, and the modern 'abstract' kind of painting, a moving harmony of color touches representing nothing."

mark rothko . . .

Mark Rothko
Untitled, 1964
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.
Copyright © 1997 Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel
1986.43.137

24.7.10

a bird or two . . .

a friend of mine came to visit  . . . she wanted to take a look at my Matisse book
(hers had disappeared in the train she took from St. Brieux to St. Malo)  . . .
had she told anyone about her book disappearance? she called home and
Thomas who'd stayed behind said the book was on its shelf, quietly
enjoying being there squeezed between Monet and Chagall. . .
we had coffee together, reminisced about NYC , book publishing . . .
I prefer book -making to anything else in the world , she said. I still do
myself. . . it's time for me to salute my books, and the work that still waits for me
whenever it is time. 

23.7.10

green . . . silver upon green . . . silver . . .

silver caches green  . . .
2010 blt

18.7.10

on being a bird . . .


"A Bird came down the Walk –

He did not know I saw –
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw,

And then he drank a Dew
From a convenient Grass –
And then hopped sidewise to the Wall
To let a Beetle pass –

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad –
They looked like frightened Beads, I thought –
He stirred his Velvet Head

Like one in danger, Cautious,
I offered him a Crumb
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home –

Than Oars divide the Ocean,
Too silver for a seam –
Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon
Leap, plashless as they swim. "

- emily dickinson

la grive . . . rimbaud




"La Grive, revue ardennaise de littérature et d'art. Publiée
du n ° 1 d'octobre 1928, au n ° 45 de juin 1939
(11e année), puis du n ° 46 de juin 1945 (18e année)
au n ° 155 de juin 1973."

17.7.10

la neige sur st j m m . . .


"nous avions envie de neige, Miss Rosie-dog and I . . .
let's have it, I said . . ."

-blt

On Sundays . . .


" fly flitter flute . . . fly flutter flip . . .

João Duarte . . .


" et si la vie c'était un jour comme ça . . ."

purple throated hummingbird . . . colibri . . .


" something about birds that is so intriguing . . . they seem so vulnerable
but are so are as strong as little mountains."

16.7.10

back home things are different . . .

"Chez Yannick . . ."

14.7.10

yellow bird . . .


"on my way home i sighted a yellow
warbler . . . thought you'd like to see it, too . . ."


8.7.10

susan' garden . . .


"susan' garden"

- Dan Rizzie
acrylic, flashe, paper collage and
parchment on mahogany panel with artist frame
55 1/4 x 55 1/4 inches
2007


Marfa






" Marfa"
Dan Rizzie

oil and collage on board

35.5 x 32 in. / 90.2 x 81.3 cm.





Source ( for R.H)


Source, 2008
-Dan Rizzie
Flashe, watercolor, and collage on gessoed birch panel with artist's frame
h: 23.5 x w: 20.8 in / h: 59.7 x w: 52.8 cm

5.7.10

mountain night . . .


"mountain night . . . 1969"
- david hare
oil on canvas
53 1/2 X 69 1/2
acquired 1969
The Phillips Collection
Washington DC

bird and breaking wave . . .


" bird and breaking wave, 1944"

- milton avery (1885-1965)
watercolor on paper
22X31
Gift of Nora Lichtenberg, 1991
@ milton avery trust/artists rights
society (ARS), new york.
The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC.





an artists at work . . .


"Behold,
I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth,

do you not perceive it?
I will make a way
in the wilderness
and rivers

in the desert."

Isaiah 43:19

painting by : Makoto Fujimura

2.7.10