Yoshizawa Setsuan (Japanese, 1809-1889), Leaf from Album Depicting Birds, Flowers, Landscapes, and Flower Pots, 1876, ink and colors on silk and paper, 9 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (23.2 x 26.6 cm).
Sir Cedric Morris (British, 1889-1982), Lucian Freud, 1941. Oil on canvas, 730 x 603 mm.
Cedric Morris was fifty-two when he painted this portrait of his nineteen–year–old student, Lucian Freud. Freud enrolled at the art school Morris had founded with Arthur Lett Haines in 1939. Morris later wrote of him ‘I have always admired his paintings and everything about him.’ The intense scrutiny with which Morris has painted Freud is typical of his portraits. This approach would later become fundamental to the work of his former pupil.
Love me when all desire is gone.
Love me with the single mindedness of a monk.
When the world in its entirety,
and all that you hold sacred advise you
against it: love me still more.
When rage fills you and has no name: love me.
When each step from your door to our job tires you–
love me; and from job to home again, love me, love me.
Love me when you’re bored–
when every woman you see is more beautiful than the last,
or more pathetic, love me as you always have:
not as admirer or judge, but with
the compassion you save for yourself
in your solitude.
Love me as you relish your loneliness,
the anticipation of your death,
mysteries of the flesh, as it tears and mends.
Love me as your most treasured childhood memory–
and if there is none to recall–
imagine one, place me there with you.
Love me withered as you loved me new.
Love me as if I were forever–
and I, will make the impossible
a simple act,
by loving you, loving you as I do."
“Love is the last light spoken.”
—Dylan Thomas, from section 1 of “Ceremony After a Fire Raid,” in The Poems of Dylan Thomas, (New Directions, 2003)
Photograph: Dylan Thomas and Caitlin Macnamara (Photographer and date not given)
Cross Spikes Club
Arthur Beaumont #14
Work of Arthur Beaumont, Navy painter.