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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, John Philip Sousa - The Stars and Stripes Forever, John Milton - On His Blindness

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot is our new artist for Fall.  He has a wonderfully broad variety of paintings.  You may want to use Google Images or the website below to look for his paintings and choose some for yourself or just enjoy the ones I feature. (Beware there are some nudes there.) 

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot Org. This site has 875 of his paintings as well as a biographical sketch. (there are nudes among the paintings if that bothers you just enjoy the paintings I choose).

Wikipedia - Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (The following quote is from this article)

"Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century.  He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting.  His work simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.  Of him Claude Monet exclaimed 'There is only one master here--Corot.  We are nothing compared to him, nothing.  His contributions to figure painting are hardly less important;  Degas preferred his figures to his landscapes, and the classical figures of Picasso pay overt homage to Corot's influence."

This summer we attended an outdoor community band concert with our son and daughter-in-law and two of our grandchildren.  I really enjoyed the music and realized I haven't featured any march music yet, so we'll feature John Philip Sousa next who is an American composer known as "The March King".  Our first work will be his best known and our American national march.

The Stars and Stripes Forever 

Here  is wikipedia's article featuring John Philip Sousa.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia biographical sketch

Image: John Philip Sousa  A painting of Sousa by Capolino

I'd like to feature a more advanced poet this season.  John Milton wrote beautiful but more advanced poems and if you are new to poetry study or have young children you may wish to go back to one of the poets previously featured.

John Milton - Wikipedia 

This site features quotes and a biographical sketch as well as some of his works.

The Milton-L is devoted to the life, literature and times of the poet John Milton. On this site you will find links to web resources, information about upcoming events, and information on recently published works of interest to Milton scholars and students.

         On His Blindness
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o'er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.

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