Charles Baudelaire ~ Evening
Evening
Jakub Schikaneder - circa 1900

 “I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on,


The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,

The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,

And the moon rise and turn them silver.

I shall see

The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;

And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,

I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,

And build me stately palaces by candlelight.”

Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

 



Nikolai Pimonenko, Evening

1900

 





 
Alain De Botton ~ A Blend Of Joy And Melancholy
“Our sadness won’t be of the searing kind but more like a blend of joy and melancholy: joy at the perfection we see before us, melancholy at an awareness of how seldom we are sufficiently blessed to encounter anything of its kind. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. We are reminded of the way we would wish things always to be and of how incomplete our lives remain.”
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
Isaac Levitan (Lithuanian-Russian, 1860–1900)
Fog over Water, c. 1895.
Sylvia Plath ~ Loneliness
“And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Alone
Emilio Longoni - 1900
Marie Konstantinowna Bashkirtseff ~ Imagination
"If we look closely, most things in this world are the results of imagination."

Maria Konstantinowna Bashkirtseff (1858-1884)

The Umbrella
1883
State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation)


Young Woman with Lilacs
Marcel Proust ~ The Multiplication Of Worlds
"Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists..."
Marcel Proust
Wassily Kandinsky ~ Colour Is The Key
"Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”
Wassily Kandinsky




Seascape with Steamer
Wassily Kandinsky - 1906
Edgar Degas ~ My Artificial Heart
"And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.”
― Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
The Entrance of the Masked Dancers, c. 1884.
Auguste Rodin ~ The Importance Of Being A Man
The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!”
― Auguste Rodin




Eternal Spring, 1900
Auguste Rodin
John Ruskin ~ A Window
“the only prospect which is really desirable or delightful, is that from the window of the breakfast-room [...] where we meet the first light of the dewy day, the first breath of the morning air, the first glance of gentle eyes; to which we descend in the very spring and elasticity of mental renovation and bodily energy, in the gathering up of our spirit for the new day, in the flush of our awakening from the darkness and the mystery of faint and inactive dreaming, in the resurrection from our daily grave, in the first tremulous sensation of the beauty of our being, in the most glorious perception of the lightning of our life; there, indeed, our expatiation of spirit, when it meets the pulse of outward sound and joy, the voice of bird and breeze and billow, does demand some power of liberty, some space for its going forth into the morning, some freedom of intercourse with the lovely and limitless energy of creature and creation.”
― John Ruskin, The Poetry Of Architecture: Or, The Architecture Of The Nations Of Europe Considered In Its Association With Natural Scenery And National Character
Window in Bidasoa, Fuenterrabía
Daniel Vazquez Diaz - 1918
John Singer Sargent ~ A Vision
"I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes."
John Singer Sargent
At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden
John Singer Sargent - 1910


Pomegranates
John Singer Sargent - 1908