WHEELER, OREGON COAST
On the Nehalem River.
Provenance: Purchased by Mrs.5000 at an estate sale, March 2011.
only in expressing basic human emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions . . . The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationship, then you miss the point.It would have to be ________.
You see me here, you gods, a poor old man,
As full of grief as age; wretched in both!
If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts
Against their father, fool me not so much
To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger,
And let not women's weapons, water-drops,
Stain my man's cheeks!
Don't feel bad that you don't know much about Tantalum; it took the world's chemists more than half a century to figure out what was up with this rare metal. The problem was that it only occurs naturally along with its sister element, Niobium, and people had a hell of a time deciding whether they were both the same thing, or different, or if there were three or even four different elements present in their mineral forms. It wasn't until the time of the U.S. Civil War that it all got sorted out, and chemists who had made their reputations by discovering Columbium and Ilmenium presumably slunk off humiliated into the footnotes when it became awkwardly clear that these elements didn't exist after all.It was actually the German chemist Heinrich Rose who can take the credit for establishing that Niobium was a distinct element all by itself. He did this in 1846, shortly after publishing his discovery of the element Pelopium. You have never heard of Pelopium because it turned out to be just a mixture of Niobium and Tantalum. So obviously these were tricky tricky elements to get straight, and hell, if Heinrich Rose could bat .500 in the major leagues he'd be the stuff of legend, so let's go easy on the poor guy.