[Daily article] January 19: Hope (painting) Published On

Hope is an 1886 Symbolist oil painting by the English artist George
Frederic Watts. Radically different from previous treatments of the
subject, it shows a lone blindfolded female figure sitting on a globe,
playing a lyre which has only a single string remaining. Watts
intentionally used symbolism not traditionally associated with hope to
make the painting's meaning ambiguous. As reproductions began to
circulate in large quantities worldwide, it became a widely popular
image. Theodore Roosevelt displayed a copy at his Sagamore Hill home in
New York, and a 1922 film was based on the painting. Although Watts was
rapidly falling out of fashion by this time and Hope was increasingly
seen as outdated and sentimental, it remained influential. Martin Luther
King Jr. based a 1959 sermon on the theme of the painting, as did
Jeremiah Wright in 1990. Among the congregation for the latter was the
young Barack Obama, who took "The Audacity of Hope" as the theme of his
2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address, and as the title of
his 2006 book; he based his successful 2008 presidential campaign around
the theme of "Hope".

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Today's selected anniversaries:


San Agustin Church in Manila, the oldest extant church in the
Philippines, was completed.


American Civil War: In their first significant victory, Union
forces defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Mill Springs near
modern Nancy, Kentucky.


World War II: Soviet forces liberated the Łódź Ghetto; only
877 Jews of the initial population of 164,000 remained at that time.


The French newspaper l'Aurore revealed that the Nazi SS officer
Klaus Barbie, the "Butcher of Lyon", had been found to be living in


Turkish-Armenian journalist and human rights activist Hrant
Dink was assassinated by a Turkish nationalist.

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