Ici Repose

Vincent and Theo

In a pretty little French town, Auvers-sur-Oise,

we will walk up from the station,

past that church, past that wheat field,

to his grave, against the cemetery wall,

alongside his brother Theo, and we’ll pray.

 


Church of Auvers-sur-Oise

Wheat Field with Crows

Daubigny's Garden

Daubigny’s Garden, possibly Vincent’s final painting

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The Unicorn

 

I prefer the mythical horse with horn.

Figuratively something desirable but difficult to obtain.

Rather than a billion-dollar start-up company definition.

Leave the myths alone. Set unicorns free.

Stop unraveling the tapestry threads of history.

 

unicorn tapestry

Unicorn tapestry www.metmuseum.org/art/

 

 

Pentimento

A new year is drawn but shows

days recently erased still beneath.  It’s repentance.

It has a long life. It bleeds

through the new work, day, life

and haunts the wet, freshly painted present.

 

Blue Room

Picasso’s 1901 Blue Period painting The Blue Room under infrared imaging revealed another portrait underneath the room scene. This pentimento is a bearded man in formal wear wearing a number of rings on his fingers. Did Pablo run out of money for a new canvas, or did he regret what he had painted?