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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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Winter Afternoon along the Quais, Paris

Winter Afternoon along the Quais, Paris, originally uploaded to Flickr by Rita Crane Photography, see

This piece is signature Rita Crane, and utterly exquisite. Just look at the quality of light, the rhythms, and the shadows! -- Note to mention the two couples!

"Sunlight, shadows, and golden, Parisian stone"

Rosy-golden light
Bouncing off the Seine.

Soft sunlight, late in the day,
Dancing on a row of trees
Casts shadows on the wall.
Their joyful patterns,
Playing off French stone--
Organic on inanimate--
In harmonic accord.
Two couples--
One sitting, one pacing-
Quite oblivious,
To what Rita saw!
Who, possibly, could ask for more!?

What Rita posts,
My eye adores!

--John Walford,
November 17, 2007

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John Walford

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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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