Museum of Fine Arts

“2iPM009,” from the series Pinturas Móviles, by Magdalena Fernández, 2009

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Nov. 19, 2015

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
“Musicians in the Orchestra” (1872)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Städel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“Diogenes” (1882)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy, he was known as Diogenes the Cynic.

Diogenes is also known for an interaction he had with Alexander the Great. Alexander, upon meeting Diogenes while he was relaxing in the morning sun, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight.” Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851)
“The Slave Ship” (1840) (originally titled “Slavers Throwing overboard the Dead and Dying-Typhoon coming on”)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

J.M.W. Turner was inspired to paint “The Slave Ship” in 1840 after reading “The History and Abolition of the Slave Trade” by Thomas Clarkson. In 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong had ordered 133 slaves to be thrown overboard so that insurance payments could be collected.
J.M.W. Turner was a member of the British Anti-Slavery Society and believed that slavery should be outlawed around the world.

Cherry Blossoms
fall at the peak of their beauty
in this world to teach our hearts
to be free of attachment

Otagaki Rengetsu  Ōtagaki Rengetsu  (1791- 1875)

Image: Terasaki Kôgyô - 月夜桜花 - Cherry Blossoms and Moon, 1890–1910, Museum of Fine Arts