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November 2016

FERNANDO PESSOA ~ AN AWARENESS OF FEELING

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
Dreams by Frederic William Burton and a quote by Fernando Pessoa

Some Wisdom by Fernando Pessoa

From The Book of Disquiet written by Fernando Pessoa. (1888-1935)

“What can I expect from myself? My sensation in all their horrible acuity, and a profound awareness of feeling. A sharp mind that only destroys me, and an unusual capacity for dreaming to keep me entertained. A dead will and a reflection that cradles it, like a living child.”

 Dreams

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900)
Dreams
Watercolor and body color over
-1861

 

HENRI ROUSSEAU ~ PAINTER OF EXOTIC DREAMS

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by
painter Henri Rousseau

The exotic world of Henri Rousseau

“When…I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream.”

Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)

Henri Rousseau one of France’s best realist painters?

It is very funny that Rousseau painted all these exotic landscapes while he never Keep Reading

TOGETHER IN OUR ENDLESS SOLITUDE ~ PAUL ELUARD

in Poetry of Art by
Nuchs and Paul Eluard by Man Ray

 A poem by Paul Eluard

“I cannot be known
Better than you know me

Your eyes in which we sleep
We together
Have made for my man’s gleam
A better fate than for the common nights

Your eyes in which I travel
Have given to signs along the roads
A meaning alien to the earth

In your eyes who reveal to us
Our endless solitude

Are no longer what they thought themselves to be

You cannot be known
Better than I know you.”

― Paul Éluard

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COLETTE AND HER LOVE FOR CATS.

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Did Colette the french famous writer loved cats?

A WRITER LOVES HER CAT.

“I went to collect the few personal belongings which…I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”  ― Colette

Why is it that so many writers of today and in the past, like Colette for example, love cats so much? Keep Reading

LEONARD COHEN ~ A MEMOIR OF MELANCHOLY

in Poetical Visions by
Leonard Cohen, a great Poet and Songwriter. What is he thinking about?

Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016)

“Like a bird on the wire,  Like a drunk in a midnight choir,  I have tried in my way to be free.”

We mourn the passing of a Leonard Norman Cohen: Canadian Singer, Songwriter, Poet and Novelist. Cohen died today on the 11th of November 2016, at the age of 82. For many years, Leonard Cohen has been revealing his soul to the world through his poetry and songwriting. Keep Reading

What is an Illusion? Voltaire knows.

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
The_Disillusioned_Medea_Paulus_Bor

Voltaire once said:

“Illusion is the first of all Pleasures.”

What is she thinking about, it makes you wonder if her disillusion – as depicted in this painting – could actually be an illusion in itself. A trick of the mind that causes this emotion inside, a feeling of sadness and disappointment. I so wish it could be true…

The large painting above dates back to around 1640 and is titled “The Disillusioned Medea”  (also known as The Enchantress)

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Girl with Peaches, Valentin Serov (1887)

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Painting Girl With Peaches by Valentin Berov

I was still little when I saw this painting called “Girl with Peaches” for the first time.  I found it while looking onto one of the wonderfully bonded  art books my aunt collected. This particular one was filled with Russian Painters, mostly from the late 18th and early 19th century. My aunt lived alone in her Paris apartment. But my parents and I visited her regularly, at least a few times a year at that time. It was a long drive, 7 hours at least but as a child that didn’t matter you always found a way to entertain yourself.  Of course I spent many hours reading books.

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