The Lovers’ Almanac 2 December – Dreams and Desires – art by Georges Seurat

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  What are your dreams and desires?  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac

Dear Muse,

“More questions?”
sure, why not
“What do you want?”
oh, that is easy…
friendship
understandin’
to see
“To see? See what?”
your beauty and sorrow

here comes that dream again
the one i welcome and curse
it comes with visions of hope
of what could be
it comes with an aide-mémoire
of what most likely
will never be

© coopyright 2017 mac tag/cowboy coleridge all rights reserved

Dreams And Desires

So much has been said
So little has been said
So much remains to be said
Or does it

Which is better
To act out one’s desires

Or keep them to oneself
Hidden in one’s dreams
How to know
Which desires, when acted on,
Will bring more pleasure than pain
More good than grief

How to know
Which desires should be kept
Safely tucked away
Deep inside dreams

Desires versus dreams
Dreams and/or desires

That is the challenge
To balance the two
To live in the sunshine
To limit the what ifs
To limit the regrets
To live a life one can believe in

© copyright 2012 mac tag/cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat 1888.jpg

Georges Seurat, 1888
 

Today is the birthday of Georges-Pierre Seurat (Paris 2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891 Paris); French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman.  He is noted for his innovative use of drawing media and for devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism.  Seurat’s artistic personality showed both extreme and delicate sensibility; and a passion for logical abstraction.  His large-scale work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884–1886), altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of late 19th-century painting.

Gallery 

Georges Seurat, 1889–90, Le Chahut, oil on canvas, 170 x 141 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884–86, oil on canvas, 207.5 × 308.1 cm, Art Institute of Chicago

Jeune femme se poudrant (Young Woman Powdering Herself), 1888–90, oil on canvas, 95.5 x 79.5 cm, Courtauld Institute of Art

Seurat concealed his relationship with Madeleine Knobloch (or Madeleine Knoblock, 1868–1903), an artist’s model whom he portrayed in his painting Jeune femme se poudrant.  In 1889 she moved in with Seurat in his studio on the 7th floor of 128bis Boulevard de Clichy.

When Madeleine became pregnant, the couple moved to a studio at 39 passage de l’Élysée-des-Beaux-Arts (now rue André Antoine).

Seurat died in Paris in his parents’ home at the age of 31.  The cause of his death is uncertain, and has been variously attributed to a form of meningitis, pneumonia, infectious angina, and diphtheria.  His last ambitious work, The Circus, was left unfinished at the time of his death.

30 March 1891 a commemorative service was held in the church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.  Seurat was interred 31 March 1891 at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.

Detail from Circus Sideshow (Parade de Cirque) (1889) showing pointillism and color theory

Portrait of Edmond Aman-Jean, shown at the 1883 Salon

Mac Tag

 

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