Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Artsongs: Tahitian Landscape (Gauguin)


   
Paradise Road

The mountain rises past the field
Where golden grasses gleam.
And palms jut out above the brush
With shade trees standing near.

Along the road a man walks on
While balancing his load.
His form, half-hidden near the bend,
Makes straight his steps toward home.

A lone beast also walks the field
And calls to wild-at-heart
Who take their leave of city streets
To breathe the open air.

Where valley yields to mountain’s height
And mountain yields to sky,
The pilgrim walks a wondrous road
Marked by a simpler time.

                                                ~ CK



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Image: Tahitian Landscape at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Artist: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Date: 1891
Medium: Oil on canvas


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