the sublime

Cornelis van Spaendonck

Still Life with Flowers, 1789

Pierre Jamet , La goûteuse

The Taster, 1933 / src: l’oeil de la photography

“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful… and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.”

– Desmond Tutu

“The soul has no limits.”

– Heraclitus

Vladimir Shklyarov in Le Parc. 2014

photo and copyright Sasha Gouliaev

Still Life VII

Light Study II after van Huijsum, details


“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.

I want to be light and frolicsome.

I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,

as though I had wings.”

– Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays 

Musée d’Orsay


by Ida Wyman

Woman with pet birds, Los Angeles, 1949.


“When I was young, I expected from people more than they could give: neverending friendship and constant excitement.

Now I expect less than they can actually can give: to stay close silently. And their feelings, friendship, noble deeds always seem like a miracle to me: a true grace.”

– Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942.

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