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February 2011

KANDINSKY ~ ON ABSTRACT ART

in Art & the Unconscious Mind by
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“Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with ‘reality,’ next to the ‘real’ world.”

Wassily Kandinksy 1866-1944

ELIZABETH LEONARDI ~ PORTRAIT OF CHARLY

in My Artist Friends ~ and their creations... by
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Portrait of Charly

Elizabeth Leonardi

Argentina

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA ~ THE POETRY OF SKYSCRAPERS

in Poetical Visions by
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“There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them. Snow, rain, and mist highlight, drench, or conceal the vast towers, but those towers, hostile to mystery and blind to any sort of play, shear off the rain’s tresses and shine their three thousand swords through the soft swan of the fog.”

Federico Garcia Lorca

JORGE LUIS BORGES ~ PARADISE IS A LIBRARY

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges

WILHELM LIST ~ DAYLIGHT AND TWILIGHT

in Art Nouveau by
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Daylight and twilight by Wilhelm List (1900)

DEAD POET’S SOCIETY ~ THE NEED OF POETRY

in Poetical Visions by
deadpoet

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

Dead Poet’s Society

DEAD POET'S SOCIETY ~ THE NEED OF POETRY

in Poetical Visions by
deadpoet

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

Dead Poet’s Society

EDWARD STEICHEN ~ PHOTOGRAPHER OF MYSTERY

in A Mysterious Encounter with the Moon by
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EDWARD STEICHEN
(b Luxembourg, 27 March 1879; d West Redding, CT, 25 March 1973).

American photographer, painter, designer and curator of Luxembourgeois birth. Steichen emigrated to the USA in 1881 and grew up in Hancock, MI, and Milwaukee, WI. His formal schooling ended when he was 15, but he developed an interest in art and photography. He used his self-taught photographic skills in design projects undertaken as an apprentice at a Milwaukee lithography firm. The Pool-evening (1899; New York, MOMA) reflects his early awareness of the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet, and American Symbolist photographers such as Clarence H. White. While still in Milwaukee, his work came to the attention of White, who provided an introduction to Alfred Stieglitz; Stieglitz was impressed by Steichen’s work and bought three of his photographs.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ~ VICTOR ALONSO

in My Artist Friends ~ and their creations... by
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¿Qué misterio se esconde tras la puerta?
¿Tu corazón está sellado y triste?
La sombra que se esconde tras la luz
Evoca una nostalgia de colores,
Nostalgia de palabras que has perdido
Una tarde de invierno y de violines.
Pero hay luz que ilumina enaltecida
Tus ojos de Gioconda
Y el cerrojo de oro me recuerda
La cálida expresión de tu mirada,
Que encuentra tras la puerta
El ardor de tus labios
Esta tarde de verso y soledad.

Victor Alonso
(Febrero, 2011)

Behind closed doors

Painting by Monique Lucy Weberink

JORGE LUIS BORGES ~ ON POETRY

in Poetical Visions by
borgesyoung

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
Jorge Luis Borges

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