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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rosa Bonheur - Lions, arcangelo corelli - sarabande, John Oxenham - Bring us the Light

There are several wonderful paintings of lions by Rosa Bonheur - it was hard to choose which to feature, here are two.

I especially love the colors in the second, but the majestic pose of the first is powerful. 

The following is a link to the Picasa Web Album for our next artist - Jacob von Rueysdale Paintings 

Our Arcangelo Corelli piece for today is short but oh so lovely!  Sarabande  

A moving poem this week by John Oxenham.  Will we go?  Will we encourage our children to go?  We who have so much light, will we share the light? 

          Bring Us the Light

I hear a clear voice calling, calling,
Calling out of the night,
O, you who live in the Light of Life,
        Bring us the Light!

We are bound in the chains of darkness,
Our eyes received no sight,
O, you who have never been bond or blind,
        Bring us the Light!

We live amid turmoil and horror,
Where might is the only right,
O, you to whom life is liberty,
        Bring us the Light!

We stand in the ashes of ruins,
We are ready to fight the fight,
O, you whose feet are firm on the Rock,
        Bring us the Light!

You cannot--you shall not forget us,
Out here in the darkest night,
We are drowning men, we are dying men,
        Bring, O, bring us the Light!

If you are enjoying John Oxenham's poetry here is a link to more:
John Oxenham Poems


  1. I have you to thank for yet another artist study idea, Patti. The boys and I are finishing up J G M von Bremen after I fell in love with him here on your site, but artist study is still falling flat with my boys (ages 3 and 6). They are in love with lions, though, so as soon as you introduced the Bonheur study I investigated and chose these very pictures to use with them. I just had them printed and we will start our new study this weekend. Thanks, as always, for the magnificent ideas!

  2. Dear Dawn: You might like Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens while you study your Lions! You can almost hear the various animals..... Your children are young, they probably pick up more than you think. Sometimes my children like the paintings I choose more than other times. I just figure I'll keep regularly exposing them (like you do to healthy food) and it grows on them eventually. Check out google images for "Rosa Bonheur Lion" if you want more to choose from. You also might find more pictures on the image part of the listing for Rosa Bonheur on Artcyclopedia. I think you're wise to find something you know they'll connect with and go with it - especially as young as they are. Hope they enjoy their lion study! Blessings, Patti

  3. Thank you for the advice, Patti. Funny, but just yesterday I was thinking about pulling out Carnival of the Animals - not in any connection with these prints, though. Your idea is brilliant. Thanks for the encouragement, too. Due to their age I am definitely not pushing the issue at all and I know that I just need one thing to grab their interest before they become drawn in on their own, and I think these Lion Pictures will do just that. I already have Bonheur's The King Watches and Lions at Home for this series, but I will definitely check out Artcyclopedia as well. I'll try to remember to come back with an update:).