You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Kahlil Gibran – On Marriage
View of Lake Garda
Oil on canvas
"Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was one of the leading French landscape painters of the 1800s. During repeated trips to Italy between the 1820s and 1840s, he dedicated himself to painting and sketching from nature. Later in life, when he preferred to work in his Parisian studio, Corot relied on these sketches for inspiration or painted landscapes from memory. In this painting, a boatman and a contadina (Italian peasant woman) lounge on the banks of Lake Garda, a site that Corot had visited three decades earlier."
Peace and War (1848)
Oil on canvas
A major early work by George Inness, Peace and War unveils a rugged and vaguely historical panoramic landscape. Basing his composition on 17th-century French models, Inness placed two diminutive shepherds tending a small flock in the foreground. An approaching company of knights strikes a disquieting note in the otherwise bucolic scene. Inness' highly descriptive style speaks to the pervasive influence of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.
Dated to 1848, Peace and War may have served as Inness' tribute to Thomas Cole, the spiritual head of the Hudson River School who died that year. The painting might also allude to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and to waves of political revolutions that swept Europe beginning in 1848.
A Woodland Waterfall
John Frederick Kensett
Oil on canvas
John Frederick Kensett embraced the aesthetic categories of the Sublime and the Beautiful shared by fellow artists and the writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In A Woodland Waterfall, Kensett blended the rugged wilderness typical of Sublime landscapes with a peacefulness associated with the Beautiful. He painted the canvas with characteristic attention to detail, subtle gradations of tone and bold accents such as the orange lichen on the rocks and the red foliage to the left.
A Woodland Waterfall is loosely based on Fawn's Leap, New York, but Kensett altered its appearance for dramatic effect. One change the painter made is visible in the upper left section, where he painted over some trees on a rocky ledge to simplify the composition. 🔹
Perils of the Sea, 1888
Showing fisherwomen braced against a biting wind, Winslow Homer's Perils of the Sea provides a glimpse of the small English fishing colony of Cullercoats, where the artist lived for 20 months beginning in 1881. The etching follows in reverse the subject and composition of a watercolor the artist created during his stay there years earlier. Inspired by the community's resilience against nature's wrath, Homer conveyed his respect for the fisherwomen by rendering their forms as sculptural, almost monumental and integrated tightly with the group behind them. Translating the chromatic effects of watercolor into black-and-white, the artist executed finely hatched and cross-hatched lines to evoke dynamic, extreme weather.
Natural Bridge, Virginia, ca. 1835
Jacob C. Ward
Oil on panel
Jacob Ward painted the Natural Bridge in Virginia so that viewers gaze at the geological marvel from below. This low vantage point emphasizes the 200-foot height of the Bridge. Listed among the natural wonders of the world, the Natural Bridge was first owned by Thomas Jefferson, who received it from King George III in 1774.
During the early 19th century, many artists rendered the Natural Bridge because the site ranked with Niagara Falls as one of the new nation's most inspiring landmarks and tourist attractions. Such natural monuments were thought to distinguish America from Europe. Ward was one of America's first landscape painters and among the first contributors to exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York. *
Black Cat before the attack, c.1930.
Gelatin silver print
“A product of the early modernist intellectual currents of early 1900s Hungary, Martin Munkácsi worked in a bold, spontaneous manner. He achieved international renown for his photojournalism and fashion work of the 1920s and 1930s, when he was living in Berlin. Munkácsi had a major impact in both these fields. In fashion, for example, his lively images, often made outdoors, stood in marked contrast to the more typical work of the period, made in the controlled space of the commercial studio.”