Alice Rahon (June 8, 1904-September 1987) was a French/Mexican poet and artist whose work combined pared-down figuration and materials including sand, string, and pulverized volcanic rock.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Rahon
Self-Portrait with Autobiography by Alice Rahon
1948 / Oil and sand on canvas / 28″x22″ / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Alice Rahon on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/alice-rahon/
Na Hye-Sok (April 28, 1896-December 10, 1948) was a pioneering Korean feminist poet, writer, painter, educator, and journalist. She is considered the first professional female painter in Korea.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na_Hye-sok
Peonies at Hwaryeongjeon by Na Hye-sok
1935 / Oil / 13-2/5″x9-2/5″ / Ho-Am Art Museum, per Google
Na Hye-Sok on Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/na-hye-sok/m0gh6wpn
Poetry as translated by Tanya Ko Hong
Date Unknown / Tempera on illustration board / 12 1/2″x22 1/2″
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
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Then in a silken scarf,—sweet with the dews
Of precious flowers pluck’d in Araby,
And divine liquids come with odorous ooze
Through the cold serpent pipe refreshfully,—
She wrapp’d it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover’d it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.
1897 / Oil on canvas / 75 5/8″x36 1/8″ / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Isabella, or The Pot of Basil was a poem written in 1820 by the English poet John Keats, who borrowed his narrative from the Italian Renaissance poet Giovanni Boccaccio. Isabella was a Florentine merchant’s beautiful daughter whose ambitious brothers disapproved of her romance with the handsome but humbly born Lorenzo, their father’s business manager. The brothers murdered Lorenzo and told their sister that he had traveled abroad. The distraught Isabella began to decline, wasting away from grief and sadness. She saw the crime in a dream and then went to find her lover’s body in the forest. Taking Lorenzo’s head, she bathed it with her tears and finally hid it in a pot in which she planted sweet basil, a plant associated with lovers.
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Job: A Masque for Dancing (one act ballet) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
“The ballet is based on the Book of Job from the Hebrew Bible and was inspired by the illustrated edition by William Blake, published in 1826. Job had its world premiere on July 5, 1931, and was performed for members of the Camargo Society at the Cambridge Theatre, London. The first public performance of the ballet took place on September 22, 1931 at the Old Vic Theatre.” ~Wikipedia
c.1804-7 / Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite
11″x7 1/16″ / The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
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