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Monday, January 24, 2011

idleness; or, what I would like to do today

John William Godward [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It's Monday. Many things must be done, but this work by John William Godwin (British, 1861 - 1922) sums up what I would love to do: nothing. It's called "Idleness," and dates from 1900.

Godwin is classified as a PreRaphaelite painter; it surprises me, since the 1860's were prime years of PreRaphaelite output, and I'd never heard the movement lasted that long. Besides, this looks too hard-edged and academic to me. But on a Monday morning when I'd rather sit in the sun playing with an orange kitten, I'm not going to quibble. Enjoy.


Cate said...

Oh me too and Milly would love it if I could pass the time doing just that! I'd like her view too :)

Katnip Lounge said...

I'm all for getting on the Idle train!

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Ahh, to be idle by the sea with an orange kitty. (and also to wear shortsleeves! I've got my turtleneck sweater on! Brrr!

parlance said...

Thanks, I did enjoy this painting.
I was thinking of you today as I was reading a novel called 'The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and His Friend Marilyn Munroe'. I'm not sure why I thought of you, but probably because it has an eclectic tone like your blog, and it mentions quite a bit of historical art around dog themes.

curator said...

Parlance, I'm thrilled that you thought of me - and that you like this painting. I'm glad everyone enjoyed! Call it a split second vacation on me.

Julie said...

It IS like a little mini vacation! No ice, no snow, no phones, no work! And a cute kitten to boot. Thanks.

Anita said...

Nice picture :)