David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

01 May 2013

May Day : We help each other

Previously, we showed the artist collective DAMP with members of the public hoisting a giant pencil to draw together.

This reminded us of Eugene Vavasseur's famous tandem painters The Ripolin Brothers.

We have posted about The Ripolin Brothers (here)
before. And here they are again. Three-in-one and one for all! 

This time they come to the aid of a young artist who paints onto a canvas stretcher the words Aidons nous les uns les autres (We help each other).

They do this for the Junior Red Cross of France.

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