You’re God’s answer to Job. You would have ended all argument between them…He’d have said “I do a lot of terrible things but I can also make one of these.”…and Job would have said “OK, you win.”
Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979)
Photo: Ile de Luzon. Métisses Tagalo-Chinoises. Portraits, 1870-1914. Photographe inconnu. Bnf.
Finally we die, opposable thumbs and all.
Death in Miami Beach
The Age of Happy Problems (1962)
Photo by RicardMN Photography: A female Whirling Dervish in Capadocia
NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS. B.
– Telegram sent by Balthus to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works
Painting by Balthus: The Week with Four Thursdays (1949)
I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide.
Death in Venice (1912)
Painting by Gustav Klimt: The Kiss (1907-08)
To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,
To hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
Auguries of Innocence (1803?)