National Gallery Berlin, 2

January 14, 2018
constable mill on the river stour

“Mill on the river Stour”, Constable.

courbet the wave

“The wave”, Courbet.

de la pena deep in the forest

“Deep in the forest”, De la Pena.


“The golden isle”, Kolbe.


“Cliffs at Étretat”, Courbet.


“The Grove, or the admiral’s house in Hampstead”, Constable.


National Gallery Berlin

January 13, 2018

Alexandre Calame


“Campagna landscape”, Arnold Böcklin.


“Ocean breakers (the sound)”, Arnold Böcklin.


“Deep in the forest by moonlight”, Friedrich.


“Moonrise by the sea”, Friedrich.


“Knight’s castle”, Lessing.


“Castle by the river”, Schinkel.


“Tilla Durieux depicting Circe”, Von Stuck.

And also: “Cabin covered in snow”, Friedrich. “After the rain”, Baum. “Low country at the Rhine”, Thoma.

January 13, 2018

Macbeth, Justin Kurzel.


December 17, 2017

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” ~ Kennedy

December 3, 2017

“The decline in courage, enterprise and a sense of duty is, however, gradual. The first direction in which wealth injures the nation is a moral one. Money replaces honour and adventure as the objective of the best young men. Moreover, men do not normally seek to make money for their country or their community, but for themselves. Gradually, and almost imperceptibly, the Age of Affluence silences the voice of duty. The object of the young and the ambitious is no longer fame, honour or service, but cash. Education undergoes the same gradual transformation. No longer do schools aim at producing brave patriots ready to serve their country. Or to discover great things for all mankind! Parents and students alike seek the educational qualifications which will command the highest salaries.”

~ “The fate of empires”, J.B. Glubb.

December 3, 2017

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

~ Chinese proverb

December 3, 2017

“More interested in pursuing knowledge than in publishing it, Leonardo wanted to accumulate knowledge for its own sake, and for his own personal joy, rather than out of a desire to make a public name for himself as a scholar or to be part of the progress of history.”

~ Isaacson

December 3, 2017

“Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form.”

~ Leonardo

August 11, 2017

“I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.”
~ Oscar Wilde

May 19, 2017

“Nature” is what we see
The Hill – the Afternoon
Squirrel – Eclipse – the Bumble bee
Nay – Nature is Heaven
Nature is what we hear
The Bobolink – the Sea
Thunder – the Cricket
Nay – Nature is Harmony
Nature is what we know
Yet have no art to say
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

~ Emily Dickinson