Pied Beauty

 

Pied Beauty, 1877  – Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889, British poet and Jesuit priest

 

Pied as in piebald horse: 

speckled, freckled, mottled, stippled, flecked, spotted, splotched, blotched 

 

 

 

Glory be to God for dappled things –

 

 

 

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Korean Rhododendron fronting Spike winterhazel (Corylopsis spicata), Winterthur, Delaware, April every year

 

 

   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

 

 

 

St Mary 2, Philadelphia March 2010

Interior of the front door of Old St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia.

  Built in 1763, it was the second Roman Catholic church to be built under the aegis of William Penn’s Holy Experiment:  maximum religious freedom.  This was despite the sanctions against this church in the British Empire at this time.

 

 

      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

 

 

 

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Adapted from a video by Joan Jonas (American born 1936) focusing on environmental issues, 2018, MOMA, NY

 

 

 

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

 

 

 

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Chestnuts, Philadelphia, every Autumn

 

 

 

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 In a vintage shop in Philadelphia in September 2018

 

 

 

   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;

 

 

 

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The Road Across the Wolds, 1997, oil on canvas and detail. David Hockney, British born 1937.  Private collection on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017/18

 

   

And áll trádes, their gear

 

 

 

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Machine tournez vite, 1916-1918, brush and ink with watercolour and shell gold.  Francis Picabia, 1979-1953, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

 

 

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Google search page design for Labor Day, September 2018

 

                         

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    Gear, c. 1922, oil on canvas.  Arthur Garfield Dove, 1880-1946, American.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

 

                                         and tackle and trim.

 

 

 

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Automotive Industry, 1940, oil on canvas.  Works Progress Administration,  Federal Art Project, mural for the Detroit Public Library.  Marvin Beerbohm, 1908-1981, Canadian American.  Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

 

 

 

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

 

 

 

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Night Life, 2014, oil and spray enamel on linen over panel.  Benjamin Degen, American born 1974.  From the artist’s website

 

 

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Straight to you, oil and spray enamel on linen over panel, 2014.  Benjamin Degen, American born 1974.  From the artist’s website

 

 

 

   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

 

 

 

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Sneezeweed (Helenium), Mt. Cuba, Hockenville, Delaware

 

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Cargo Cults Cover up: 2013-2016, pigmented inkjet print. Stephanie Syjuco, American born the Phillipines, 1974.  Exhibited at MOMA, NY in 2018

 

 

Mountain laurel Mt. Cuba June 2015-4

Mountain laurel (Kalmi Latifolia), Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

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Cargo Cults: Head Bundle, 2013-2016, pigmented inkjet print. Stephanie Syjuco, American  the Philippines, born 1974.  Exhibited at MOMA, NY in 2018

 

 

DSC07453 Monarch butterfly among the Hollowstem Joe-pyeweed (Eutrochium fistulosum), September 2018, Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware

 

 

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Cargo Cults:  Basket Woman, 2013-2016, pigmented inkjet print. Stephanie Syjuco, American born the Phillipines, 1974.  Exhibited at MOMA, NY in 2018

 

 

 

      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

 

 

 

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Persian Window, 2004, blown glass.  Dale Chihuly, American born 1941. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

 

 

 

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

 

 

 

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                Love Cross, 1968 screeprint.  Robert Indiana, American, 1928 – 2018 .  Philadelphia Museum of Art    In memoriam            

 

Praise him.

 

 

 

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