Frida Kahlo ~ The Curtain Of Madness
I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” 
― Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, was painted by Frida Kahlo in 1940.
Rudyard Kipling ~ On Life
"This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.” 
― Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Rudyard Kipling
John Maler Collier - 1900
Benito Perez Galdos ~ Oppression Leads To Freedom
"Just how the night turns into day, oppression leads to freedom"
"Así como de la noche nace el claro del día, de la opresión nace la libertad."
Benito Perez Galdos
Benito Pérez Galdós was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain.
Portrait of Benito Perez Galdos by Joaquin Sorolla
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.