Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving



Freedom From Want, 1943 by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post Cover

One of the Four Freedoms series inspired by a speech by Franklin Roosevelt:

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look
forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression
-- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his
own way -- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world
terms, means economic understandings which will secure to
every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants
-- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into
world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments
to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation
will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression
against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite
basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and
generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of
the so-called "new order" of tyranny which the dictators
seek to create with the crash of a bomb.


- Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
excerpted from the Annual Message to the Congress,
January 6, 1941

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Vision

The Apparition by Gustave Moreau, 1874-76, Louvre, Paris

In this watercolor painting by Moreau we see Salome's vision of the head John the Baptist is she remorseful or celebratory, it is hard to tell. Moreau was part of the Symbolism movement that paved the way for the Surrealist and Abstract artists who were to come.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Foresight

Julia Jackson by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866, Ransom Center, U of Texas, Austin.

Julia Margaret Cameron began taking photos on her 48 birthday and when photography was still in its infancy. Not only was she among the first to use photography as an art, but she also copyrighted and kept excellent records of her photographs. Julia Jackson was her niece and namesake, and later Jackson would become the mother of the author Virginia Woolf.
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