Williams-Giotto

Williams-Giotto

Giotto di Bbondone 1267 – 1337 “De aanbidding van de koningen” The Gift William Carlos Williams As the wise men of old brought gifts guided by a star to the humble birthplace of the god of love, the devils as an old print shows retreated in confusion What could a baby know of gold ornaments…

Williams-Titiaan

Williams-Titiaan

Titiaan ‘Diana en Actaeon’ 1556-9 Actaeon Hugo Williams I thought of all my girlfriendsgathered together on a stage,each of them holding up her yearand smiling attractively.I lifted on corner of the curtainand there they all were,but shy and resentful now,covering themselves from my sight. ‘I didn’t know you girls allknew one another,’ I said,seeing only…

Williams-Sheeler

Williams-Sheeler

Charles Sheeler, Classic Landscape (1931) Oil on canvas, 25 inches x 32.25 inches. The Collection of the Mr. and Mrs. Barney Ebsworth Foundation. Classic Scene William Carlos Williams A power-house in the shape of a red brick chair 90 feet high on the seat of which sit the figures of two metal stacks–aluminum– commanding an…

Williams-Fragonard

Williams-Fragonard

Jean Honoré Fragonard  (1732 – 1806)”De Schommel” (1767) Portrait of a Lady William Carlos Williams Your thighs are appletrees whose blossoms touch the sky. Which sky? The sky where Watteau hung a lady’s slipper. Your knees are a southern breeze – or a gust of snow. Agh! what sort of man was Fragonard? – as…

Williams-Breughel-10

Williams-Breughel-10

Pieter Brueghel, The Wedding Dance in the Open Air (1566) Oil on canvas, 47 inches x 62 inches. Detroit Institute of Art. The Wedding Dance in the Open Air William Carlos Williams Disciplined by the artist to go round & round in holiday gear a riotously gay rabble of peasants and their ample-bottomed doxies fills…

Williams-Demuth

Williams-Demuth

Charles Henry Demuth (1883-1935), I Saw the Figure Five in Gold Oil on board, approximately 30 inches x 36 inches. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The Great Figure William Carlos Williams Among the rain and lights I saw the figure 5 in gold on a red fire truck moving tense unheeded to gong…

Williams-Breughel-09

Williams-Breughel-09

Pieter Brueghel, The Parable of the Blind (1568) Oil on canvas, approximately 34 inches x 61 inches. Museo e Gallerie Nazionali de Capodimonte, Naples. The Parable of the Blind William Carlos Williams This horrible but superb painting the parable of the blind without a red in the composition shows a group of beggars leading each…

Williams-Breughel-06

Williams-Breughel-06

Pieter Brueghel, The Adoration of the Kings (1564) Oil on wood panel, approximately 44 inches x 33 inches. National Gallery, London. The Adoration of the Kings William Carlos Williams From the Nativity which I have already celebrated the Babe in its Mother’s arms the Wise Men in their stolen splendor and Joseph and the soldiery…

Williams-Breughel-08

Williams-Breughel-08

Pieter Brueghel, Kermesse (1567-8) Oil on canvas, approximately 45 inches x 64.5 inches. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The Dance William Carlos Williams In Brueghel’s great picture, The Kermess, the dancers go round, they go round and around, the squeal and the blare and the tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles tipping their bellies (round as…

Williams-Breughel-07

Williams-Breughel-07

Pieter Brueghel, The Harvesters (1565) Oil on canvas, approximately 46.5 inches x 64 inches. Metropolitan Museum, New York City. The Corn Harvest William Carlos Williams Summer ! the painting is organized about a young reaper enjoying his noonday rest completely relaxed from his morning labors sprawled in fact sleeping unbuttoned on his back the women…