Moments

An illusion haunts us, that a long duration, as a year, a decade, a century, is valuable. But an old French sentence says, “God works in moments.” We ask for long life, but ’tis deep life or grand moments that signify. Let the measure of Time be spiritual, not mechanical. Life is unnecessarily long. Moments of insight, of fine personal relation, a smile, a glance–what ample borrowers of eternity they are!

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Sailor’s Return

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**Paintings by 19th century American artist Thomas Hovenden

No Taxation without Representation!

Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Lady Godiva by John Collier, c. 1897, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

“Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked – only covered in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.” Wikipedia

Thank you Janice Wald at Refections for reminding me of this painting.

“Nothing Succeeds Like Excess.” Oscar Wilde

Chronic Chinamania (incurable)
Chronic Chinamania (incurable)

Everyone LOVED blue and white china!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/exhibits/chinamania-whistler-and-the-victorian-craze-for-blue-and-white,1168679.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chinamania-now-open-at-the-freer-gallery-388091/?no-ist

http://www.victorianweb.org/art/design/ceramics/haslam1.html

“Look around you and paint what you see. Forget the Beaux-Arts and the models and render the intense life which surrounds you and be assured that the Brooklyn Bridge is worth the Colosseum of Rome and that modern America is as fine as the bric-a-brac of antiquity.”

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FREDERICK CHILDE HASSAM  American Painter

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http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/hass/hd_hass.htm

http://www.frederickhassam.org/biography.html