Christina Rossetti ~ October

Crack your first nut and light your first fire;
Roast your first chestnut crisp on the bar;
Make the logs sparkle, stir the blaze higher,
Logs are cheery as sun or as star,
Logs we can find wherever we are.

Spring one soft day will open the leaves,
Spring one bright day will lure back the flowers;
Never fancy my whistling wind grieves,
Never fancy I've tears in my showers;
Dance, nights and days! And dance on, my hours!

Christina Rossetti,
from The Months: A Pageant.

Painting: Autumn Leaves
Sir John Everett Millais - 1855-1856
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.
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

Emilio Longoni - 1900
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.
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

John Singer Sargent - 1908
Vincent Van Gogh ~ To Live More Musically
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
― Vincent van Gogh
The Old Tower in the Fields, 1884
Fernando Pessoa ~ Contemplation
“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Giulio Artistide Sartorio (1860-1932)
Studio per la testa della Gorgone
Oil on Canvas
James Tissot ~ Imagination
Summer, 1878, James Tissot.
“It is imagination that inflames the passions by painting in a fascinating or terrible fashion an object which impresses us.”
James Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)

Study for (also known as Woman in an Interior)
James Tissot - circa 1883-1885

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902)
"Holiday" c1876
Paul Gauguin ~ Beauty
Blue Trees, 1888

“Moved by an unconsious sentiment born out of solitude and savagery - idle tales of a noughty child who sometimes reflects and who is always a lover of the beautiful - the beauty that is personal - the only beauty that is human.”
― Paul Gauguin, Intimate Journals

Clovis Gauguin asleep, 1884