On Vermeer’s “Milkmaid” — Het melkmeisje

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam • 1995

If, from all the paintings in all the world’s museums, I could own one masterpiece it would not be the Mona Lisa, that I admire, or even Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” or van Gogh’s Bedroom, which I love, it would be Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid” — Het melkmeisje.

If I could have one painting to look at when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night— a painting into which  could impute the power to inspire within me the capacity to see the inexhaustible beauty in the things that are, it would be this study of  a servant girl pouring milk to make bread pudding in the elegant light of a kitchen window.

As I was experiencing that rare pleasure at the Rijks Museum in A’dam, this person with amazing hair slid between us.

“The most startling image in painting, to me,

   is that milk pouring out of the pitcher.

  Why is that so. I don’t know.”

~  W. S. Merwin

    Academy of Achievement, Presentation • 7.3.08

L’Louvre — Street View of I.M. Pei’s Pyramid
Paris, France • 1998

L’Louvre — Street View of I.M. Pei’s Pyramid

Paris, France • 1998

Early Anti-Viet Nam Protest • 1965Louis Lomax — Journalist (1922 - 1970)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Lomax#Death
Long Beach State, LB, California

Early Anti-Viet Nam Protest • 1965
Louis Lomax — Journalist (1922 - 1970)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Lomax#Death

Long Beach State, LB, California

Le Rendez-vousCentre PompidouParis, France • 2004

Le Rendez-vous
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France • 2004

CHP Motorcycle Officer— On DutySan Francisco California • 1980 
for Encyclopedia Britannica - Japanese Edition article on “Law Enforcement”

CHP Motorcycle Officer— On Duty
San Francisco California • 1980 

for Encyclopedia Britannica - Japanese Edition 
article on “Law Enforcement”

Cigarette Vending Machine • 1967
San Francisco, California  USA

Cigarette Vending Machine • 1967

San Francisco, California  USA

LIFE • 10.10.14 
Sète, France

LIFE • 10.10.14 

Sète, France

Fred Koerner • 1968
Topanga Cañon, California

Fred Koerner • 1968

Topanga Cañon, California

"Curtis" — Roadside Memorial
Sète, France • 10.6.14

"Curtis" — Roadside Memorial

Sète, France • 10.6.14

Industrial Strength Taste
Sète, France • 10.6.14

Industrial Strength Taste

Sète, France • 10.6.14

Fishermen Going Out Under the Railroad Bridge
Sète, France • 10.6.14

Fishermen Going Out Under the Railroad Bridge

Sète, France • 10.6.14

Strange Passengers & Unusual Pets — Not Unusual In Sète
Sète, France • 10.6.14

Strange Passengers & Unusual Pets — Not Unusual In Sète

Sète, France • 10.6.14