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Sunny today, and a good deal of the snow has melted. But more is on its way for tomorrow. Currently, it's 36˚F in Providence.

“When I write I don’t aim to shock people, and I’m surprised when I do.” ~ Tennessee Williams

It's likely that the new piece for Sirenia Digest #121 will involve the early and mid nineteenth-century British obsession with paintings depicting the global deluge recounted in the Book of Genesis. I have long found these paintings mesmerizing, unsung classics of weird fiction, masterful exercises in the evocation of awe and horror and the unknown. Michael Freeman's Victorians and the Prehistoric (Yale University Press, 2004) gives a good overview of these paintings. My favorite of the lot is probably Francis Danby's Deluge (1840)*:



Yesterday's trip to the market (well, markets) was unremarkable, but I took two photos from the Point Street Bridge, going and then coming back:



Heading east, the hurricane barrier and the mouth of the Providence River. View to the south. This is, by the way, the first winter – so, eight winters – since I've been in Providence that the river hasn't frozen over.



Heading west, a view of downtown. View to the north.


At least I left the House. Oh, yesterday I reached 4,000 "friends" on Facebook.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

* The painting is in the collection of the Tate, London.

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aarongp
Feb. 7th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
I have long found these paintings mesmerizing, unsung classics of weird fiction, masterful exercises in the evocation of awe and horror and the unknown.
Your summation is spot on. Great stuff. Thanks for the image. Hope your mild winter continues. For the record, our summer has had fewer overly hot days, which, I have to say, has been welcome.
topum
Feb. 7th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the image.
Kiki Lang
Feb. 8th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
Strang thoughts.
The first thing I thought when I saw that painting was,
"What are the mermaids thinking?"
dipsomaniac
Feb. 8th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
This is, by the way, the first winter – so, eight winters – since I've been in Providence that the river hasn't frozen over.

Meanwhile, in Orlando, I wake up with ice on my car.
ladyblue56
Feb. 9th, 2016 07:44 am (UTC)
"...paintings depicting the global deluge recounted in the Book of Genesis."

I too have had a long fascination with these types of paintings. The Danby painting is one of the most beautiful yet terrifying. I could look at it for days.

We in the South are having real winter weather for a change. I know it won't last too much longer and I'm more than willing to have real winter here if it means you have milder temps up in Providence.
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