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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Frederic Remington - Radisson and Groseilliers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Greenleaf Whittier - Requirement

I was thinking of moving on from Frederic Remington but I found two more paintings in a library book on Remington and Russell that are quite different from the others we've done and I'd like to feature them this week and next before we move on.  Remington was asked to do an illustrated series on the early explorers of North America.  This is a picture of French voyageurs.  One thing I noticed, even though the canoe is almost horizontal in the picture, the artist manages to make it look like the right side is more distant and the left end is much closer.  He does this by making the right side of the canoe about half the height of the left side.  He also makes more of the contrast between light and dark in the closer end of the canoe and more detail in the Indians in the front (left side).  I've mentioned before Remington's common use of red, yellow and blue and you notice that in this painting.  Artists show water by using reflections - this might be a fun painting to try to copy.  The French explorer stands in the middle of the canoe.  He is dressed quite differently from the Indians.  

Radisson and Groseilliers - Frederic Remington

An energetic piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony #40. 
 Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor

John Greenleaf Whittier's poem today has some meaty thoughts clothed in beautiful language.  

We live by Faith; but Faith is not the slave
Of text and legend. Reason's voice and God's,
Nature's and Duty's, never are at odds.
What asks our Father of His children, save
Justice and mercy and humility,
A reasonable service of good deeds,
Pure living, tenderness to human needs,
Reverence and trust, and prayer for light to see
The Master's footprints in our daily ways?
No knotted scourge nor sacrificial knife,
But the calm beauty of an ordered life
Whose very breathing is unworded praise!--
A life that stands as all true lives have stood,
Firm-rooted in the faith that God is Good.

1 comment:

  1. That is a gorgeous Remington! We have yet to study him. John Greenleaf Whittier, however, is a family favorite. So much richness in his poems. Reading about his life was a joy, too. Thank you for sharing some of what you are doing to implement Mason's methods in your home with your lovely family.