The Lost Cloud
American, New York City, 1937
Gelatin silver print | 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.
“Soon after arriving in New York, Kertész spent time prowling the streets looking for fresh subjects, just as he had done in Paris. One afternoon he observed a solitary white cloud lost in a huge blue sky, dwarfed by the monolithic presence of the Rockefeller Center. Kertész said that the cloud represented himself and how he felt as a newly arrived immigrant—something subject to the prevailing winds.”
1963. Paris, France.
Portrait of George Harrison when the Beatles were still performing in small theaters and cellars.
© Philip Jones Griffiths /Magnum Photos
Nothing inspires romance like the image of a man-eater poaching a feller in a fleshpot, heh?
Artist/painter Henri Rousseau and first Beat poet Alfred Jarry
Still from the interpretive docu-drama, Always on Sunday, made by the British auteur, Ken Russell, in 1965 for the BBC. Three parts available on YouTube. Part 1.
Just go watch it. You’ll be glad you did.
Artist Maynard Dixon
Dixon was mentored by Charles Lummis, who encouraged the young Dixon to travel outside of California to the Southwest.
Photo by Charles Lummis courtesy of The Autry National Center
Goin’ Home, 1937.
Thomas Hart Benton, 1889-1975.
The Associated American Artists (AAA) distributed many of Thomas Hart Benton’s lithographs, includingGoin’ Home, as merchandise in department stores and through mail order, democratizing art by making it available to people who lacked the means to buy more costly art. [pre-Tumblr days]
Benton commented on this lithograph: “From a drawing made 1928—in North Carolina Smokey Mountain country. With a companion driving the car I followed these mill people till the drawing was finished.” -Library of Congress
Walker Evans (1903-1975)
General store interior. Moundville, Alabama
Date: July 1936
Library of Congress
Alexander James, 1943. Portrait painter.
James, b. 1890 d. 1946, was the younger son of psychologist William James, brother of painter William James, and nephew of novelist Henry James. He studied with Abbott Handerson Thayer and was a close friend of John Singer Sargent and Rockwell Kent.
Norman Rockwell | ”The Facts of Life”, 1951 (detail), oil on canvas
The biggest boost to Melville’s reputation came from Rockwell Kent, with the publication in 1930 of the 3-volume Lakeside Press edition of Moby Dick, illustrated and designed by Kent.
Walker Evans | “View of Easton, Pennsylvania,” 1935.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alphonse Mucha. Born July 24, 1860 - Died July 14, 1939
Albert Bierstadt’s Studio.
Photograph by Eadweard Muybridge, 1871.
Frida Kahlo, homenaje en plata
“A little while ago, not much more than a few days ago, I was a child who went about in a world of colors, of hard and tangible forms. Everything was mysterious and something was hidden, guessing what it was was a game for me. If you knew how terrible it is to know suddenly, as if a bolt of lightning elucidated the earth. Now I live in a painful planet, transparent as ice; but it is as if I had learned everything at once in seconds.”
— Frida Kahlo, Letter to Alejandro Gómez Arias, (29 September 1926)