Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blog Intermission (entr’acte) No.16 - The Cat and the Sun

Maurice Carême (1899–1978) was a francophone Belgian poet. His style was natural and simple. He wrote his poems using the language of colors, nature and light. They were in turn cheerful and melancholy. Many of his poems are studied in school as he wrote children poetry. Carême’s work can best be described with the word “light.” From 1933 to his death he lived in a house, shown below, in the town of Anderlecht, now the westernmost municipality of Brussels, Belgium.

This house, which is called “La Maison Blanche” (the white house) is now a museum dedicated to Maurice Carême. Last June I wrote a post about a “béguine house” located in Anderlecht, see the post here.

Sunset over the Golden Horn, Ivan Aivazovsky, Armenian-Russian, 1817-1900

Le chat et le soleil

Etude de Chat, Suzanne Valadon, French 1865-1938

Le chat ouvrit les yeux,

Le soleil y entra.

Le chat ferma les yeux,

Le soleil y resta.

Chat couché, Théophile Alexandre Steinlein, Swiss-born French, 1859-1923

Voilà pourquoi, le soir,

Quand le chat se réveille,

J'aperçois dans le noir

Deux morceaux de soleil.

- Maurice Carême

British Short-Hair Cat, Jacqueline Gaylard, British contemporary

Translation -

Painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner, English 1775-1851

The Cat and the sun

Chat, Suzanne Valadon, French 1865-1938

The cat opened his eyes,

The sun entered.

The cat closed his eyes,

The sun stayed.

Chat sur Coussin, Théophile Alexandre Steinlein, Swiss-born French, 1859-1923

That's why at night

When the cat wakes up

I see in the dark

Two pieces of sun.

- Maurice Carême

Chat sur la Balustrade, Théophile Alexandre Steinlein, Swiss-born French, 1859-1923


Note: Blogger Break - Post pre-programmed. Top picture is our cat Cody, and below is our Korat cat – her name is Mitsou.


Mary said...

I love cats - yours are gorgeous. I no longer have one sadly, but enjoyed seeing all these beautiful paintings of very handsome cats. Suzanne Valadon's are wonderful!

Happy Autumn - October is my favorite month and I'll be celebrating my birthday on the ocean - and you know where!!

Mary X

DJan said...

I also love cats and have been owned by many over the years, but none at the moment. I was surprised to learn that you have them, since you are, after all, such a vagabond! :-)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I didn't realize that you had cats---with all of your traveling, it never occurred to me.....Who takes care of them when you are gone??
As you know I love cats...right now, I "serve" Sweetie...but I have had many cats in my life since 1966.....Baby, Sugar, Silky, Teeny and Mooney ALL came before Sweetie and trained me well, for him....

LOVE these paintings and the poems, too, AND the pictures of your two dear ones....I particularly like the poem that says when he opens his eyes, I see the sun---not an exact quote...But BEAUTIFUL, none the less......A very sweet post, my dear.

Friko said...

Beautiful cats, creatures of infinite wisdom, individuality and self-possession.

Yours are gorgeous.

Fennie said...

Maurice Careme, a Belgian poet
Wrote about sunshine, cats and so it
Seems he thus became quite well known
For there's even a musée in his old home.

Diane said...

What a great post, love it. Your photos are fantastic. Keep well Diane

FilipBlog said...

I prefer dogs instead of cats but they are top creature to take pictures of.


Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures -- cats are such elegant creatures

Ann said...

such an interesting and informative post. i so enjoyed it..the poetry and the paintings. love your cats!! Vagabonde would have cats..they have such an inquisitive nature..much like that of a traveler!!!...they roam,look for new places,explore the world with all their senses..then,when it is time..return home!!

Cloudia said...

ah! The shot i've been chasing all day is here on your post!

enjoyed this interlude very much. thanks.

Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

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CrazyCris said...

Splendide! Merci pour ce morceau d'enfance remémoré!

gorgeous cats by the way ;o)

Ginnie said...

The image of your top cat is just gorgeous, Vagabonde! Wow. And now you've whetted my appetite to go back to Brussels...but not before I see you first in Atlanta, soon! :)

Pat said...

Such wonderful colours and images. Have a nice break

Thérèse said...

Maurice Careme: such a treat for foreign students to learn easy French poetry!

Olga said...

I'm always happy to interrupt any activity to pet a cat. I really enjoyed your post :)

Lifecruiser Travel said...

Lovely cat art, yes pets have been humans pleasure for ages and will continue too!

The top photo of your cat is my favorite, such a nice and sunny photo, simply lovely.

claude said...

Tous ces chats sont beaux, Vagabonde, en vrai ou en peinture. mignon et tellement vrai le poème de Maurice Carême.

Dianne said...

beautiful cats :)

Darlene said...

Cody looks like he is smiling. He is posing so prettily.

Lonicera said...

Love these cats, and also enjoyed the tribute to Steve Jobs - but can't leave comments there for some reason. You don't explain what that catalog is, left me quite intrigued.

Miss_Yves said...

Magnifique lumière sur le pelage et les beaux yeux dorés de
Cody, excellent cadrage sur le regard très expressif de Mitsou

Jeanie said...

My dear friend, you know that the second I see an orange cat at the top of a post, I am sucked in like a vacuum! And to find such fun photos -- genuine felines and artistic ones -- combined with terrific quotes, well, I am in heaven!

lorilaire said...

J'aime toutes ces représentations de chats en peinture et l'association aux photos !
Bon week-end

sonia a. mascaro said...

Mitsou looks so beautiful! What a gorgeous big emerald green eyes.
She looks so sweet and so adorable.
I know how terrible it is to lose a beloved pet and I know she will be sorely missed...
Hugs of comfort to you.

PS: Cody is so beautiful and looks sweet too!

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