Excerpted from Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne, © 1961:
Vincent painted the wheat field three times during June; on other occasions he set up his easel in front of the cypresses. “It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly, that I can imagine.” The cypress was for him the symbol of the countryside in Provence, he saw it as “the equivalent– and the antithesis– of the sunflower.”
The dagger of a cypress tree jutting into the sky is a common and recognizable feature in his work. I had wondered what it represented to him.
I think one of the keys to happiness is to look up– not just figuratively, but literally.
Don’t look at the pavement, your feet, your device; look at the clouds, the birds, the moon…
Nancy is on the web HERE.
Over the Horizon – a Jersey Nocturne
Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970)
There’s a little typo- the quote is actually by Elsie de Wolfe. Her book is in the public domain and can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg, HERE.
With just a few slight modifications, golf could be a lot more fun and exciting.
With just a few slight modifications, life could be a lot more fun and exciting.
Monty is on the web HERE.
In this painting from 1872, Edgar Degas depicted a moment from an angle not readily available to the general public.
Alice in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham
I love the way Alice is the only part of the picture portrayed realistically.
(Alice in Wonderland— and all of Lewis Carroll’s other books– are in the public domain and may be downloaded freely from Project Gutenberg.)