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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám illustrated by Willy Pogàny

 Frontispiece
And lately, by the tavern door Agape




Awake, my Little Ones, and fill the Cup
Befotr Life's Liquor in its Cup be dry.



Look to the Rose that blows about us—" Lo,
Laughing," she says, " into the World I blow:
At once the silken Tassel of my Purse
Tear, and its Treasure on the Garden throw."



One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste—
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing—Oh, make haste!

But leave the Wise to wrangle, and with me
The Quarrel of the Universe let be :
And, in some corner of the Hubbub coucht,
Make Game of that which makes as much of Thee.


That ev'n my buried Ashes such a Snare
Of Perfume shall fling up into the Air,
As not a True Believer passing by
But shall be overtaken unaware.



And David's lips are lockt ; but in divine
High-piping Pehlevi, with " Wine ! Wine ! Wine !
Red Wine !" —the Nightingale cries to the Rose
That sallow cheek of hers t' incarnadine.
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

Into this Universe, and Why not knowing
Nor Whence like Water willy-nilly flowing;
And out of it, as Wind along the Waste,
I know not Whither willy-nilly blowing.
'Tis but a Tent where takes his one day's rest
A Sultan to the realm of Death addrest;
The Sultan rises, and the dark Ferrash
Strikes, and prepares it for another Guest.

You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse
I made a Second Marriage in my house;
Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,
And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.



Indeed, indeed. Repentance oft before
I swore—but was I sober when I swore ?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-inhand
My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.


















Sunday, July 24, 2016

Harrison Fisher - Sweet Edwardian Beauties











Fisher was born in Brooklyn, New York City and began to draw at an early age. Both his father and his grandfather were artists.[1] Fisher spent much of his youth in San Francisco, and studied at the San Francisco Art Association. In 1898, he moved back to New York and began his career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator.[1] He became known particularly for his drawings of women, which won him acclaim as the successor of Charles Dana Gibson.[1] Together with fellow artists Howard Chandler Christy and Neysa McMein, he constituted the Motion Picture Classic magazine's, "Fame and Fortune" contest jury of 1921/1922, who discovered the It-girl, Clara Bow.[2] Fisher's work appeared regularly on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine from the early 1900s until his death 1934.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"The Tiger Pin Up"- new pen and ink illustration from Pierangelo Boog

Pentel Color Brush on arches bristol board DinA3+
My artbook (88 pages, mostly in full color) you can order on: