The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am a retired art historian, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it attempted 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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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Flickr's dou_ble_you's fantasia, "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe"

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, originally uploaded by dou_ble_you.

"A shot of UU tonic"

When inspiration runs quite dry
Here is what you do:
Cook up some stodgy stuff -
Like this -
Variations on a Famous Picnic, 1863-2010
And send to dou_ble_you.

Then you so sure can be
That where grass you see,
In fact is sand, and what?
Olympian artists, slinky dames,
And somewhere there,
Laughing, a cross-legged guru.

--JW, for UU, Feb 6, 2010, with thanks for stoking the creative juices, once again.

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John Walford

John Walford
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I am a British-born, retired art historian, who taught 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. 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 twelve 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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