Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday Salon: No Specific Theme, Just Some Paintings I Love

American Impressionist William Howe Foote (1874 - 1965) - 'Sunlit Interior'

English painter Dame Laura Knight (1877 - 1970) - 'On the Cliffs' - via

English painter Ernest Townsend (1880 - 1944) - 'The Balloon Man' - via

French painter Louis Valtat (1869 - 1952) 'Femme au Chat' - via

French Abstract painter August Herbin (1882 - 1960)  "Composition Monumentale' - via 

Irish painter Sir John Lavery (1856 - 1941) 'Return from the Market'  - via

American Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956) 'Shimmering Substance, 1946' - via

French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841 - 1919)  - via

Dutch Post Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh 'Portrait of Postman Joseph Etienne-Roulin - via

Contemporary American painter Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) - via

French Symbolist painter and printmaker, Edouard Vuillard (1868 - 1940) 'Fleurs' - via

Dutch Renaissance Master Jan Vermeer (1632 - 1675) 'Girl with a Red Hat' - via





These few words are about as close as I'm going to get to alluding to the hideous results of the recent Presidential election. I like to think of my blog as a respite from reality. We need to have someplace to go when things around us are falling apart. You are welcome to hide here with me and we will continue to talk about books and art and (mostly) old movies and pretend that somehow or other all will be well.


  1. Some lovely paintings here. That Pollock is one of his most vibrant appealing works.

    Have no fear, Yvette. I'm sure that all will be well as Trump slowly realizes that he will be forced to reckon with the powers in Washington that are beyond his control. It will be a rude awakening for him. I already got a glimpse of it during his interview with Leslie Stahl on 60 MINUTES. I've been trying to come to understand how the majority of us were stunned by the election outcome by reading a memoir that encapsulates the anger of the misunderstood voices who were largely responsible for voting in Trump. The book is called DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS, a true account of a Montana farmer's life story fueled by outrage and frustration at "the system" that promised so much and delivered so little. It was published back in 2007 and still has relevance. I think a lot of us ought to be trying to understand the self-professed revolutionaries we never took seriously. They caused the election turnaround. Anyway, it's how I'm coping with this. No longer vilifying or ridiculing people with whom I disagree, but trying to grasp -- even if it's only a modicum -- their viewpoint.

    1. You are a better person than I am, John. I really believe that contrary to the folks whose viewpoint you are trying to grasp - I'll bet a larger portion of the electorate who voted for Trump were those who WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS vote for a woman for President. I think we greatly underestimated the neanderthal vote and paid the price. Hard to grasp the viewpoint of someone who hates my gender.

      And no, I simply am not able to accept what happened. Yet. It's not a matter of disagreement, John, - it's a matter of being unable to come to terms with racism, misogyny, hatred, ignorance and spite. None of which I consider legitimate 'viewpoints'.

      I Keep thinkg: The Supreme Court. The Supreme Court. The Supreme Court. That's where the lasting damage will be done. I have young grandchildren. Need I say more?

  2. "all will be well". one can only hope... what eclectic taste you have! wonderful pictures... i've noticed that the more one looks at a Pollock painting, the clearer it gets...

    1. I know it's like sticking our heads in the sand - ostrich-like. But at the moment, I really can't think of anything else to do. Just trying to stay sane is going to be a biggie.

      Thanks, Mudpuddle. Yes, I do have eclectic tastes - glad you noticed. :) In the past, when I've been in the presence of a Pollock work, I always go weak in the knees. His paintings are very visceral. They almost refuse to let you move on.

    2. it's true the recent unpleasantness might well have geological implications... but, like after a very large earthquake, there's nothing to do except step back, see what has to be done, and rebuild...

  3. I feel soothed just looking at all this lovely art and now I have my flowers of the day to post on FB in your honor!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dorothy and Dave. Much appreciated. And thanks for continuing the flower tradition on Facebook. :)

  4. Well, I totally agree with you about the election. No excuse for racism, sexism, xenophobia, debasing people with disabilities,women, etc. Trump unleashed and emboldened the worst elements who are now harassing and attacking immigrants and other people of color, Jewish people and so on.

    One thing is people sometimes (and the media) to the "white working class" being harmed economically. There is no such entity. There is a working class which is white, Black, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, immigrant, women, men, disabled, able-bodied and LGBTQ. And even among white workers, there is not homogeneity.

    What gets me, among other things though is the view that "white workers were harmed more than anyone else and deserve more than people of color and immigrants and should scapegoat them." Yes, some white workers were hurt, including in Michigan, when auto plants left town or super-automated people out of jobs. But there were Black workers in Flint auto plants, too, and look where that city is now, neglected, with the water poisoning children and the state neglected them. How about solidarity with the people of Flint?

    And if people even look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one can see that Black women and men and Latinos/as earn less than white workers. The BLS unemployment statistics show highest unemployment is among Black workers and youth. And those with lower incomes are Black households, not white, as are they suffered most from the Recession.

    So, while I'm not for anyone suffering economically, let's look at the facts. Let's not scapegoat or let anyone scapegoat immigrants or African Americans or other communities. That's what the Trumpites are doing and what Steve Bannon will be doing, I'm sure.

    I have to hail and embrace all of the young people who are demonstrating across the country against the coming administration. They are brave, angry and fearful.

    Some people (John Oliver, Patti Abbott) and others are posting names of organizations to donate to, groups that will help fight what's coming. The ACLU director was on Democracy Now! saying they'd raised millions of dollars and tens of thousands of members in the last week.
    People are scared but want to oppose the Trumpites.

    I'll donate, along with others, but we all need to stand up wherever we are and oppose the hostile rhetoric, the scapegoating -- and join with the young folks wherever we can.

  5. I'm with you, Kathy. I'll be doing what I can. I'm so worried for young people who have little or no idea of what a fascist can do and do very easily by co-opting the press and having all three branches of government on his side. People start getting into lock step and next thing you know, America is in very real danger of canceling democracy as we've come to know it. I'm sickened by all this, but trying to stay as calm as I possibly can. (I did my crying election night.)

  6. I've been crying, yelling at the TV and Internet, refusing to read the NY Times, and eating up a storm of chocolate. I'll gain 20 pounds due to the Trumpites. And the more of the House of Horrors of the government comes out, I'll be eating and reading fiction, avoiding the creeps.
    I hope Congress stands up, Bernie, Elizabeth, others. And then everybody out on the streets.

    1. I don't watch the news anymore. Luckily I don't have a television and it seems I can avoid things much easier online. I've been reading up a storm too. So that's a good outcome anyway. Just finished EVERYBODY'S FOOL by Richard Russo, which I loved.

      I checked off Facebook right after the election and don't know when and/or if I'll be back. I have a feeling I will return in a few weeks - I miss the pix of my grandchildren and keeping in touch with friends I've known for years. Despite its drawbacks, Facebook is the easiest way to keep in touch with friends and community.

      Those left in congress with any spine, better stand up and let themselves be heard even if they go down trying. History will judge them just as harshly if they don't. I get the definite feeling that many millions of voters have so idea what they've done. Absolutely none. They just think it's politics as usual. Haven't a clue.


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