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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Friday, January 1, 2010

Flickr's paho47"s "He Sleeps in Peace and Quiet"


He Sleeps in Peace and Quiet, originally uploaded by paho47.

"The Secure Sleep of Childhood"

Sleep peacefully, little Nino!
Flourish like the flowers
On your soft pillow!
Stay warm and cozy,
Under your Finnish blanket.
It is cold out there.
A new decade has just begun.
What will it bring you?
You need have no fear,
For grandma watches over you.
Oh! So tenderly, she sees you,
And shows us so proudly,
You, who sleep in peace.
Sleep innocently, little Nino,
For your time has
Not yet come.
--JW, for Nino, paho47's grandson,
12.08am, January 1st, 2010.

- Welcome to a new decade!

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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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