French Révolution: Poetry

(Henry Singleton) Storming of the Bastille

Carpe diem!  Today, we strike!

Cheers fill the streets so violently

as a smile fills my bloodstained face.


Waving the flag around

rush through the air as we

storm the tower

and reclaim what is ours.

Peace! Finality! Bread!

Storm the tower,

no wound too strong,

keep fighting!


Fight for your freedom,


Dying around me,

bodies fill the streets and blood rushes through the



Freed from poverty and famine!

Storm the Bastille,

and start to rid us of that bane that is

the royalty!


those three estates!

And let the blood that flows in the gutter

be no longer of the sans-culottes,

but of those who have wronged and

controlled us for too long!








American Nationalism in Art

This piece depicts a canyon scene, with a geyser blowing in the distance.  The light is coming in from the upper right-hand corner. There is what appears to be a camp of settlers with their horses near the lower left corner.  A beautiful scene, really.  It gives an impression of when america was new and still being explored.  The pioneers must move forward, and cross the magnificence.

Another art piece that matches our theme is Liberty leading the people, painted in 1830 as a view of the french revolution.

In this painting,  a woman in a dress (Lady Liberty) is leading an army through a battlefield.  She waves a red, white, and blue flag as a call to arms.  Muskets fire, the air fills with smoke from burning buildings(off in the distance, middle right).   Then, the French win the war.


American Nationalism was pretty much the first nationalistic movement.  It is art and music and anything from the years 1776 – 1850.


Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on March 4th, 1678.  He began work with the Ospedale della Pietà right after his ordination in 1703; he taught violin there.  During this period he wrote many five-finger-exercise pieces.  “Spring” (the first part of Four Seasons) was a firm favorite of French King Louis XV, who would order it to be performed at the most unexpected moments.   Vivaldi received various commissions for further compositions from the court of Versailles.  Vivaldi died on July 28th, 1741 of “internal fire” (probably the asthmatic bronchitis from which he suffered all his life).  In his life, he composed many beautiful pieces such as  Opus 3 and Four Seasons.

Specific Movements start at…

  • Spring.  0:00
  • Summer. 10:31
  • Fall. 20:59
  • Winter. 32:48

Vivaldi composed Four Seasons in 1723.   He wrote it to show the seasons musically.  In Spring the flutes are similar to little birds, twittering in the trees.  Autumn starts with strings simulating falling leaves.   Around 21:45 there are yet more violins that take a beautiful turn as it sounds like the first frost settling on fallen leaves and grass.  Winter has violins, violas, and cellos that sound like snow.  Around 36:45 in Winter, there is a viola that sounds like an eagle soaring high above or a wolf howling far away.

I picked this piece because I liked the way Vivaldi put together the instruments to sound like animals and events. When I listen to it I can hear the hard work that went into it.  It feels like a walk outside.  My favorite movement is Summer because it has deep and rich notes and is not annoying as Spring is.



Hi! Art is awesome… Here’s another post. This week’s topic — Expressionism!

We will first be talking about Paul Gauguin’s “At The Large Black Rocks.” He painted it in 1889.

If we look at the rock to the left in the foreground, we can see a face quite clearly. Did Gauguin paint this on purpose?  Also, the sea seems to blend and almost morph into the sky, and vice versa. The emotions he was trying to convey seem to mainly be wonder and how one thing can look like another, illusion.

Gauguin was a Frenchman, born on June 7th, 1848, married in 1873 at the age of 25. In 1883, Gauguin moved to stay for a while with Camille Pissarro. In 1888 he painted some in Arles on a trip with his friend Vincent Van Gogh. The adventure ended with something near tragedy, when Van Gogh threatened him with a knife. Gauguin left Arles.
Some years later, his health began quickly deteriorating.  At 54 years of age, he died on May 8, 1903.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetary in Atuona, which is somewhere near French Polynesia.

The second expressionist painting we will be discussing will be “The Large Blue Horses” by Franz Marc.

This piece is of what appears to be three horses.  But there are hints that there are more than three. To the lower right, there is an extra bit of blue by the third horse’s tail.  A leg of another, perhaps? Notice the red hills in the background. what emotion do they show? Anger? Madness? …Hope?
Accompanied by a colorful dawn, it appears that hope is the answer.

Franz Marc was born on February 8th, 1880.  He began his art in approximately 1905.  He started so late because he was origianally gig to be a priest, but it didn’t work out. Franz was influenced heavily by Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, and Paul Gauguin.  Later in life,  he developed a fixation for painting animals.  We see this in his paintings such as “The Yellow Cow” and “The Red Horses.”  He Died on March 4th, 1916, in Verdun, France.

Expressionist art presents a variety of different emotions.

Post Impressonism

Post Impressionism was the period just after the impressionist era.  In paintings, colours were still bright, but the shapes were more focused and sometimes even outlined.

This painting is called Still Life With Skull. It was painted by Paul Cézanne. Cézanne took five years to paint it (1895 – 1900).  Paul bridged the gap between impressionism and post impressionism.  In the mid-1860’s, he met Camille Pissarro. Pissarro was a renowned impressionist painter. They became friends.  Many years later, a cold October in 1906, Paul Cezanne was working in the field. Suddenly, rain started to pour.  He worked for two more hours before deciding to go home. On the way, he collapsed. He was taken home by a passing driver.  Four days later, on the 22 of October 1906, he died of pneumonia.

This painting is called Irises. It was painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889.  Near the end of Vincent Van Gogh’s life, he went crazy. It started with emotionaly unstable fits, then escalated when in one of his fits, on December 23, 1888 he pursued and threatened his friend Gauguin with a knife.  Later that day, back at his house, Vincent cut off a piece of his ear.  Afterward, Gauguin left swiftly for Paris. Out of fear for damage he could cause to himself and others, Van Gogh self-admitted himself to Saint-Paul asylum.

Post Impressionism has many stories behind the paintings.

~ Mousepaw