The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Greek Tragedy


, originally uploaded by semimortal79.

This powerful, haunting image, to start my day, from semimortal79, so Gothic and dark....but powerful....is she still in a dark mood?...If so, I'm sorry, but now it's Spring, and, semimortal79, your world and heart can be sun-filled once again! Or so I pray!

"Greek Tragedy"

Greeks, so full of passion;
They relish nature's bounty,
Strong wines, deep-stirred food,
Glistening seas, and high wind.
But the Greek forte is tragedy.
Here, that strong, dark mood
Hovers over me, powerful,
And haunting, like the
Dark, Oedipal complex,
That stirred me
From my sleep.
Awakened to find this,
My distant "niece's" visage,
Towering over me,
Carrying the authority
Of her noble culture,
Yet swathed in darkness,
That my words cannot banish.
But I will try, for with Spring
Comes new color, warm air,
And a fresh start for the world.
Or, but for war, so I would hope.

-- "Uncle" John, April 2, 2008.

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and eight grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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