I have some art for you to enjoy today. Welcome to this week’s edition of In the House of Tom Bombadil.
Gustave Loiseau, Le Quai Saint-Martin, Auxerre, 1912
In a previous newsletter, I talked about the power the arts possess to make life more bearable. Over the past year, I’ve derived much satisfaction from simply observing beautiful or intriguing paintings. I guess you could call it The Art of Looking at Art.
Below are several pieces for you to enjoy with me.
Winslow Homer, The Blue Boat, 1892
George Inness, Harvest Scene in the Delaware Valley, 1867
Albert Bierstadt, Mount Starr King, Yosemite, 1866
Samuel Palmer, The Harvest Moon, 1833
L.A. Ring, Interiør med syende kone, 1909
By Gerard Manley Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Lake Tahoe, CA
Check out more of what I’m up to in the reading department at Goodreads.
A marvelous performance of an old African-American spiritual.
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Images are the glory, perhaps the essence of poetry, the enchanted planet of the imagination, a limitless galaxy, ever alive and ever changing.
— Luis Alonso Schökel