Thursday, July 5, 2012

Post-holiday funnies

The gene for hoarding manifests early
Nothing could come between Frank and his weed.
On a less frivolous note, a thoughtful reader left a comment yesterday about Howard Pyle's image of Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence: "The painting struck me because of the loneliness--the dim candlelight by which he wrote, and the quiet isolation of his room. It is strange to think that a government would come of this--one man's quiet thought. This is what a revolution looks like."
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  1. It truly is an intense painting. Where have we left that spark of revolution?

  2. Wasn't it Jefferson who said that we should have a revolution every couple of generations? We take the ideas and words of the Founding Fathers as gospel truth, but ignore the fact that maybe they didn't want us to.

  3. In the course of studying American history, people tend to forget that for the Founding Fathers, there were no guarantees that they would not end up broke and disgraced if the revolution lost. Their confident writings made them seem prescient, but in fact they walked in darkness, like all people do, in ignorance of what the next 5 minutes will bring. The painter here depicts that solitude, that surrounding obscurity, by making it visual, so that we can share this moment, when all Jefferson has are his words on paper, unaware if he is making history, or only a very grave error.
    A wonderful portrait.

    1. I saw the musical 1776 last week, and it really brought home what you're saying. The voting was very fraught because it had to be unanimous, and at beginning you couldn't fathom how they would ever get there.

  4. This pictures are very nice, and the painting is very dark and secretive. It makes you wonder what he was thinking. Of course we know it was the declaration.