Gray and Gold
Author: John Rogers Cox (American, 1915 – 1990)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Location: Cleveland Museum of Art
The painting was produced shortly after the United States joined the Second World War. The Cleveland Museum of Art bought the painting from a traveling exhibition, ‘Artists for Victory’, consisting of works by artists who wanted to help in the war effort. The exhibition opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York on December 7, 1942, the first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The painting won the Second Medal in the ‘Artists for Victory’ exhibition at the Met. (source)
You, my own deep soul,
trust me. I will not betray you.
My blood is alive with many voices
telling me I am made of longing.
What mystery breaks over me now?
In its shadow I come into life.
For the first time I am alone with you—
you, my power to feel.
--Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours I, 39
(via anotherword and tectusregis)
a tall tree is being felled.
Search, birds, search
for the site of your nests
in this high memory
while it is still murmuring."
— Jules Supervielle