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.

31 May 2018

Cosentient regard

We observe that we observe coincidences

Yesterday, we received via email links these two images below. Each a painting by a woman, each depicting a woman looking at a bird perched on her arm. 

Theatre of the Aviary of Regard  
 Gloria Stoll Karn
 Woman and bird 

 watercolor and gouache on board

 22 1/2” x 22 1/4”
 © Gloria Stoll Karn :

 Article here :

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 

Theatre of the Aviary of Regard  
 JOY HESTER (1920-1960)
 Girl with Cocky c.1957
 oil on paper on board
 titled and dated on Strines Gallery label (attached verso)
 handwritten 1986 certification of the painting by Albert Tucker 

   on a second label (attached verso)
 49 x 62cm

 Auction link here :
 PS  Sold for $322,400, setting a new auction record for Hester
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...