The Poet on the Migration of Organic Life from Sea to Land

 

 Witter Bynner (Emmanuel Morgan), poet, 1881-1968, American

 

Venus 

 

 

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 The Birth of Venus, 1635 or 1636, oil on canvas.  Nicholas Poussin, 1594-1695, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Sold by the Soviet Government to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1930, this was originally in the possession of Catherine the Great.

 

So wide a sea you came from, your cold form

 

 

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Marine: The Waterspout, 1890, oil on canvas. Gustave Courbet, 1819-1897, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

 

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Has wanted out of reason, to be warm,

 

 

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So close a shell, your iridescent side 

 

 

 

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 Loop, 2000, six-channel video and sound installation.  Jennifer Steinkamp and Jimmy Johnson, Americans. Statue of Venus by Thomas Hope, 1767-1831,  British,  after  Antonio Canova, 1757-1822.

Installed at the late Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

 

 

 

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 Wave and detail, 1885, oil on canvas.  Alexander Harrison, 1853-1930, American, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia

 

 

Is as incontinent as the earth is wide.

 

 

 

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