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July 2011

BILLIE HOLIDAY ~ ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

in Just a bit of everything and everyone... by
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Somebody once said we never know what is enough until we know what’s more than enough.

Billie Holiday

FRANCIS BACON ~ A SCREAM

in Art & the Unconscious Mind/Passion Of Art by
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“We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream, and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death.”
Francis Bacon

PLATO ~ ON BEING A POET

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers.../Poetical Visions by
plato

‘Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
Plato

The image is from a classical sculpture of Plato found on Crete.

PICASSO ~ ART IS A LIE

in Just a bit of everything and everyone.../Passion Of Art by
picassochildren

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that
makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to
understand.”
Picasso

Picasso with his children Paloma and Claude, 1953

FISH SONG ~ POEM BY ALAN KLEIMAN

in Poetry of Art/My Artist Friends ~ and their creations... by
ace

FISH SONG

Nobody knows da trouble I’ve seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows da trouble I’ve seen
Lordy lordy lord.

Nobody now knows nothing
No stuff
No junk
No words of my life
No secrets
No nothing that moves or shakes me.

What is my life but a sad tale
Of fish flying
And maybe a whale
Nobody knows the trouble
Nobody’s now my girl
Rhubarb and roses
Fly away home.

© Alan Kleiman 2011

JACKSON POLLOCK ~ THE GAME OF CONSTRUCTION

in Art of the Subconscious ~ Abstract Expressionism/Passion Of Art by
jack

“It’s all a big game of construction, some
with a brush, some with a shovel, some
choose a pen.”
Jackson Pollock

Photo Jackson Pollock, Long Island 1949 by Arnold Newman

EDWARD BURNE-JONES ~ THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA

in Art Nouveau by
Jones

The Depths of the Sea (1887) by Sir Edward Burne-Jones
Two weighless figures are buoyed up by the water surrounding them in this unusual underwaterview. Pre-Raphaelite painters such as Burne-Jones were fascinated with drowning; this preoccupution, part of a general preference for morbid subjects, was also popular with Art Nouveau.

MOORE ~ ON PAINTINGS

in Passion Of Art by
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“The many great paintings of the world, all make the point as clear as possible:

The soul cannot thrive in the absence of art. If you don’t want the pleasure of art, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”

WHY I LOVE ANNA KARENINA ~ BY MONIQUE LUCY WEBERINK

in Thoughts on literature/My own creations by
karenina

ANNA KARENINA BY LEO TOLSTOY

Anna Karenina is definitely one of the most impressive books I know.
I have read it several times and every time I seem to be able to discover something new again.
Of course this has everything to do with my life experience. The first time I read it I still was a teenager and was much impressed by the passionate love between Anna and Wronski. Of course I could completely understand why she left her husband to stay with the great love of her life.  The romantic parts of the novel impressed me most as a youngster and obviously the  more philosophical texts I could not fully grasp and to be honest they I didn’t try very hard either. Love is a so much more interesting subject at that age.

A couple of years later I read Anna again because while having an interesting conversation with some friends the books happened to be discussed and there were parts I just did not remember having read anymore. I re-read the book with a much different view. What interested me most now were Tolstoys political ideas that are integrated in the story. At that time I was in my twenties and very idealistic. I supported Tolstoys ideas about proletarism. The love story between Anna and Wronski was less interesting.

Only a short while ago I overheard an interview on the radio with a writer. The funny thing is that I do not remember who the writer was and the only thing I do remember is that he spoke so passionate about Anna Karenina and Tolstoy and in particular about the love of Anna and Wronski.  He said this story gave him so much inspiration that he had written a new book himself after having read Tolstoy. When the interview was finished I walked to my bookshelf to look for  the book, where was it? I was in desperately need for some inspiration myself and the way this writer was talking about the story startled me again.

This marvelous novel does inspire one and give you a desire to re read all the books by Tolstoy and the other great Russian writers…
This third time I read it I finally could deeply understand the true love story going on between Anna and Wronski and has empathy for Anna’s feelings and despair.  Every single time it was exciting to read again.
I think this is great and it shows the excellence of his writing, even after so many years the topic is still actual and it almost seems nothing really changes in live. Love is love and desire is desire, no matter in which age we live or under which circumstances…

“In our day marriage is only a violence and falsehood”
Leo Tolstoy

Monique Lucy Weberink

July 2011

Painting by Ivan Kramskoy

GEORGES BRAQUE ~ MYSTERY OF ART

in Art & the Unconscious Mind/Passion Of Art by
braque

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.”
Georges Braque

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