Appreciation for Appolinaire

Snowy Egret at the Waters Edge - taken January 2015 Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Snowy Egret at the Waters Edge – taken January 2015 Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

A little known (at least to me) artistic figure from early in the 20th century and patron of Henri Rousseau. As one of Rousseau’s early supporters I felt the need to explore his life and works. Briefly, when he lived in Paris he was part of the artistic group that included Picasso, Chagall, Stein, and others. Rousseau’s painting “Muse Inspiring the Poet” is a portrait of Appolinaire and his love.

He is said to have coined the word surrealism. Here are a couple of quotes borrowed from the goodreads site (link follows). The first quote I’ve seen translated many ways, I find it quite inspirational.

“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
Come to the edge,” he said.
They came.
He pushed them…and they flew.”
Guillaume Apollinaire

“I sing the joy of wandering and the pleasure of the wanderer’s death”
Guillaume Apollinaire

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