Lights in the Night

… the Stars
That nature hung in Heav’n, and fill’d their Lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light
To the misled and lonely Travailer.

Arthur Rackham

I am starting this year with a new collection - similar to the series Things with Wings - called
Lights in the Night.  Art from different times and cultures about the pleasures of exploring the
sky with its heavenly bodies as well as the urge to illuminate the dark hours between dusk
and dawn with fire and light.

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold The Falling Rocket, 1874

Jean-François Millet, Starry night, 1851

Matthew Cusick, Leviathan, 2008 (Maps, illustrated bible, ink, on panel)

Tomomi Miyano, Night Fishing, 2005

Fumiaki Fukita. Exploding Star, 1966

Leonid Meteor Storm over Niagara Falls, 1833

James Glaisher, Travels in the Air, 1871

Oswald Achenbach, Fireworks in Naples

Edward Middleton Manigault, The Rocket, 1909

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, Feu d’artifice a Venise, 1917

Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei), Fireworks Shubinomatsu (Okawa Shubinomatsu),
(literally “Pine Tree at Okawa River”), Early 1930’s

Jun Kumaori, Amayadori

John Salminen, Morning Fog

John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, ca. 1885-86

John Singer Sargent, Sketch for "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" (see above)

Mian Situ, Preparing For Festival

Thorolf Holmboe, Still Life, 1907

Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei), Street Singers (Ukiyobushi)

Warwick Goble, Illustration from The Star Lovers

Charles Folkard, Robin Goodfellow

Kiyochika, May Night at Kudanzaka

Edward Hopper, Blue Night, 1914

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Breton Girls with Chinese Lanterns, 1896

Maxfield Parrish, The Lantern Bearers, 1910

Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
Written by J.M. Barrie. First published in 1906

Maurice Prendergast, Festa del Redentore, ca.1899

Ramón Casas, Atelier Interior after a party, 1883


  1. As a child, I fell in love with Arthur Rackham's drawings and would spend hours walking in their images. When I came across this tonight, the same delight emerged as if stars in my darkness.

  2. Thank you, snowbird. Illustrations in our children's books have such a great impact on our memory. I know the phenomenon myself, that even as a grown up I am attached to certain styles and colors because of the strong memory I have from the pictures in the books which comforted me and lulled me to sleep when I was a child.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful travel through the lights of the night.It was a great path.

    The painting of Prendergast made me remember of a thing I saw in Rome few years ago.There was this beautiful installation inside the Circo Massimo and the result was equal to the painting.

    And there are others in the same gallery :)
    It was one of the best night ever.

    P.S. Happy new year

  4. A happy new year to you too! I can see why the Prendergast reminds you of this lovely light installation! The shapes and colors are quite similar. Thank you for sharing your memories and the photo links!

  5. These are lovely works. Thank you for taking the time to share such meaningful things.


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