Viewing Joseph Wright’s paintings in Derby

Image result for joseph wright of derbyThe light from within the Orrery

illuminates the children’s faces.

This glow in the darkness

spreads and each canvas is lit.

This picture depicts some wonder of generosity;

a marvel that touches deeply your curiosity.

Here around are landscapes, portraits and myths

gathered in profuse display and all Wright.

Here Arkwright sits near the spools of cotton

woven at his water-powered mill,

seemingly the quintessence of optimistic enterprise.

Beyond Arkwright’s son and wife look

more prosperous yet more mannered too as

Gainsborough might depict.

Across here a scene from Laurence Sterne

has captured Wright’s inquisitive imagination.

Nearby Vesuvius again erupts into crimson

and emerald below in the bay boats float

with fishermen undistracted in their industrious

capture of shoals beneath the calm seas.

I too am captured by a certain canvas in which

an Indian squaw sits widowed on a hillside under

her hero husband’s suspended arms and

awaits the breaking tumult from the threatening clouds.

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“Tao Teh Ching: Chapter 47” by Lao Tzu

Gives a new meaning to constantly connected!

Stuff Jeff Reads

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Without going out of your door,
You can know the ways of the world.
Without peeping through your window,
You can see the Way of Heaven.
The farther you go,
The less you know.

Thus, the Sage knows without travelling,
Sees without looking,
And achieves without Ado.

In this passage, Lao Tzu uses a house as a metaphor for the individual. Essentially, this can be summed up by saying that the spiritual path lies within, and the more that a person searches outside the self for the divine connection, the farther away one will wander from the path to enlightenment.

There’s really not much else to say about this passage. It is succinct and focused. Cheers!

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Villa Borsig in Berlin-Moabit in a neighbourhood known as Westfälisches Viertel. Built in 1849 forAugust Borsig in what is now Elberfelder Straße, the grand mansion was erected on Borsig’s land together with company’s own ironworks.

Both were surrounded by an elegant park designed by none other than Peter Joseph Lenné (the Berlin garden and park architect and father of, among many others, the Tiergarten). The villa, first out of three magnificent Borsig Villas, survived for less than a century: after the company’s rapid expansion it became necessary to find a bigger site and Borsig’s own property trust, Neu-Bellevue-Aktiengesellschaft, subdivided the land in Moabit into smaller plots, demolished the villa as well as other buildings and before building new streets, felled nearly all the trees in the old Lenné park. 

The area of today’s Westfallischer Viertel and the Klein Tiergarten on the 1862 Boehm-Plan of Berlin.

The tiny section…

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Autumn: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Leo Putz

Like the Putz painting very much!

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31485927298 Leo Putz – In the Autumn Garden, Public Domain Via Irina

Autumn Song

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti   


Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf

How the heart feels a languid grief

Laid on it for a covering,

And how sleep seems a goodly thing

In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain

Falters because it is in vain,

In Autumn at the fall of the leaf

Knowest thou not? and how the chief

Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?

Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf

How the soul feels like a dried sheaf

Bound up at length for harvesting,

And how death seems a comely thing

In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


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Image Credit: Leo Putz – In the Autumn Garden, Public Domain Via Irina

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Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Country Boys (1916)

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Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945), Country Boys, signed in Cyrillic and dated 1916 l.l., oil on canvas, 153 by 124cm, 60 1/4 by 48 3/4 in., Source: Sotheby’s.

Bogdanov-Belsky’s Best: Pre-revolution

Bogdanov-Belsky’s pre-revolutionary works include some of his most striking canvases, the scale alone often an indication of his artistic confidence. The present lot is an exceptional example of the qualities that mark out these rare, early paintings – tight brushwork, vivid blues and greens, and an impact that would grow gradually more diffuse with the looser strokes and muted palette that appear at times in his later works. Source: Sotheby’s.

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Faces Reflect Coming Chaos

In the present lot there is an unmistakable sense of resolve in the boys’ expressions. Their tightly-pursed lips and concentration ground the pair to a pre-Revolutionary epoch: alert in the face of uncertainty rather than the glazed look of Soviet youth.  

Source: Sotheby’s.

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Maurice Denis: September Evening (1891)

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Who Is Maurice Denis?

Maurice Denis (November 1870 – 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art. Following the First World War, he founded the Ateliers d’Art Sacré (Workshops of Sacred Art), decorated the interiors of churches, and worked for a revival of religious art. Maurice Denis died November 13, 1943.

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  • Name: Maurice Denis
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Die Kerzen brennen fröhlich weiter…

Richly romantic!

Das poetische Zimmer

Giovanni Migliara: Scene veneziana (ca. 1830)

Perücke, Spiegel und Masken

Die Angst geht um in Schön-Venedig,
Denn hübsche Frauen, jung und ledig,
Verschwinden spurlos in der Nacht;
Es trifft nur bessrer Häuser Töchter,
Ein Mörder geht, nur diese möcht er,
Ist bald schon schrecklicher Verdacht.

Man findet lange keine Leichen,
Wie sich die Taten aber gleichen:
Ist immer stiller Mondenschein,
Kein Wind weht her aus der Lagune,
Das Wasser ruht an Pfahl und Buhne,
Die Gondeln schimmern schwarz und fein.

Vergeblich ihre Eltern warnen,
Dass sich die schlimmsten Teufel tarnen,
Auf Bälle gehn die Töchter doch;
Dort steht er, der die Angst verbreitet,
Maskiert und tadellos gekleidet,
Das Haar gepudert noch und noch.

Er schaut sie an und spricht sehr vage
Und tanzen kann er ohne Frage,
Er scheint aus einem noblen Haus,
Ist höflich und auch gut erzogen –
Wie sehr der Anschein doch gelogen,
Er sucht ja schon…

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