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, February 4, 2009

The sun – the cloud – and me

Flickr's Maurice Flower/ Hans's "The sun - the cloud - and me"

What of that sun, that cloud? Me?

The sun had been waiting for him all day, until he thought to retreat to his cabin. Taking one last look, before going inside, he beheld the clouds out there, dancing for him their final evening waltz, waiting to draw the curtains on another day.

But there was one more task for the sun yet that day. Casting its muted beams through the vapory film of moist sea air, it was calling out to Hans, "Yes, the power of the imagination makes us infinite. But the wonder of The Infinite is that He looks down and communes with us, with each of us singly, even if it be as we glance out from our cabin door, and catch sight of that watching eye, slowly slipping into the infinite expanse of the water--or so it seems--fire swallowed whole by water."
--JW, Feb 4, 2009.

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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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