Lyubov Popova (April 24, 1889 – 1924, scarlet fever) was a Russian avant-garde artist (Cubist, Suprematist and Constructivist), painter and designer.
Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Southern writer and US Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 - 1989) - the only person to win the Pulitzer for Poetry (twice) as well as one for Prose (All the King’s Men, 1946). Penn Warren has been associated with the rise of New Criticism and his views on race relations were anything but progressive, until the 1950s when he started sympathizing with Civil Rights activists…
Robert Penn Warren: San Francisco Night Windows
So hangs the hour like fruit fullblown and sweet,
Our strict and desperate avatar,
Despite that antique westward gulls lament
Over enormous waters which retreat
Weary unto the white and sensual star.
Accept these images for what they are—
Out of the past a fragile element
Of substance into accident.
I would speak honestly and of a full heart;
I would speak surely for the tale is short,
And the soul’s remorseless catalogue
Assumes its quick and piteous sum.
Think you, hungry is the city in the fog
Where now the darkened piles resume
Their framed and frozen prayer
Articulate and shafted in the stone
Against the void and absolute air.
If so the frantic breath could be forgiven,
And the deep blood subdued before it is gone
In a savage paternoster to the stone,
Then might we all be shriven.
Among the virtually forgotten Nobel Literature Laureates, we find Carl Spitteler (April 24, 1845 - 1924), the Swiss poet who published some of his work under the strange pseudonym Carl Felix Tandem…
Roy Orbison: The Crowd - 1962
Roy Orbison, the great songwriter with the distinct high barytone voice, who in the latter years of his career became the ghostly white clown of rock, hiding behind his tainted prescription glasses, was born April 23, 1936. He died of a massive heart attack in 1988, when - thanks to The Traveling Wilburys - he was enjoying a resurgence in his career…
Photo: Roy w. his E-type Jaguar…
Today being the abbreviated Easter Holiday version of OF, we’ll only do a small Lee Miller portfolio…
Lee Miller, April 23, 1907 - 1977, was an American photographer. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1907, she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer with Man Ray, whose assistant, muse and lover she became.
During the Second World War, she was an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.
Above: Lee Miller’s WWII identification papers and credentials
The painter of light, Jospeh Mallord William Turner was - perhaps! - born April 23, 1775 (d. 1851)…
Turner more than any artist before him captured pure light on the canvas, inspired in his technique by Goethe’s colour theory…
Above: The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1835 – oil on canvas (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia)
Actually, today is not only Cervantes’ death day, but also the day of Shakespeare’s death, April 23, 1616 - but note that this date is according to the Julian calendar, which was replaced by the Gregorian calendar in most of Europe in 1582. Therefore Shakespeare and Cervantes did not in actuality die on the same day in 1616, but 10 days apart!
Today is Book Day - as is every day on OF…
As usual the literary bookends of Book Day are Shakespeare and Cervantes - one was born April 23, the other died on that day…
William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, but the birthday is traditionally celebrated today, on St George’s Day, April 23…
Above: Statue of The Bard, plaster cast, circa 1620 - after Gerard Johnson (National Portrait Gallery, London)
Mingus: E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too - from Blues & Roots, 1959
Personnel: Charles Mingus – bass, John Handy – alto sax, Jackie McLean – alto sax, Booker Ervin – tenor sax, Pepper Adams – baritone sax, Jimmy Knepper – trombone, Willie Dennis – trombone, Dannie Richmond – drums, Mal Waldron– piano
Charles Mingus: Self-Portrait In Three Colors - from Mingus Ah Um, 1959
Personnel: Booker Ervin – tenor sax, Shafi Hadi – tenor sax, Willie Dennis – trombone, Horace Parlan – piano, Charles Mingus – bass, Dannie Richmond – drums