6 Paintings & a Poem for the Solstice

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  Lengthy, halcyon evenings illuminated with gold, relaxed, blissful and shimmering with the spirit of Apollo, call for bright and pastoral paintings.


 

June 20th, 2016  by M. Elise Hillestad

Lengthy, halcyon evenings illuminated with gold, relaxed, blissful and shimmering with the spirit of Apollo, call for bright and pastoral paintings. The following ones evoke life lived close to nature and hard work on the land. They recall celebrations with loved ones, fire-making, and rituals such as the Feast of St. John’s Eve, depicted by Jules Breton’s women around a Midsummer bonfire. The solstice is a time for solar energy and creation!

 

 

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Девушки на берегу реки (Girls on the Bank of the River), Mikhail Nesterov

 

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Le Père Jacques (the Wood Gatherer), Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1881

 

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Diana Bathing, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1873-74

 

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Le Nymphes de Danse, Paul Émile Chabas

 

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l’Ete  (Summer), William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 

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the Bonfires of St. John, Jules Breton, 1875

 

Light’s Interrupted Amplitude  by Jay Wright

“All summer connotations fill this light,
a symmetry of different scales—the site
of fibrous silence, the velvet lace
of iris, alders the moon can ignite.
One feels the amplitude of grief, the pace
of oscillating stars, power in place
where time has crossed and left a breathy stain.
A body needs the weight and thrust of grace.
I want to parse the logic, spin and domain,
the structure mourning will allow, the grain
of certainty in two estates, the dance
of perfect order, flowing toward its plane.
That bird you see has caught a proper stance,
unfaithful to its measure, a pert mischance
of divination on the move, the trace
of sacred darkness true to light’s advance.”
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