Ok, so I’m a day late with a St. Patrick’s Day post. And I have absolutely no excuse. I didn’t go to the parade, I didn’t drink beer or whisky, and I didn’t make out with any Irish guys. However, I did tweet some James Joyce, so that should count for something 🙂
Today is “the day after” and it’s so beautiful here in New York! Those with hangovers can’t enjoy it, the poor bastards. I’m heading to the park in a few minutes for an invigorating run. But before I go, how about a little art? An Irish painter of course. George W. Joy was born in Dublin in 1844. His work demonstrates an attention to detail, and frequently depicts narrative subjects drawn from historical and literary sources. I chose this piece, The Bayswater Omnibus. Nice composition. The well-to-do woman in the middle, in the green dress, holding flowers and an umbrella, is the focal point. She contrasts with the woman next to her, a poor mother huddled with her two children. Perhaps Joy was making a statement about class disparities in 19th century London:
I just realized something; James JOYCE. George JOY. Joy abounds in Irish surnames. Interesting!