I’ve always loved Vermeer‘s painting Girl With the Pearl Earring. I happened to catch a portion of an interesting segment on NPR this morning about the painting and I want to share it. The painting, sometimes called the “Mona Lisa of the North”, is being showcased at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from January 26 to June 2, 2013. Mystery has always shrouded the painting. Art lovers have speculated for years wondering the origin of the girl and any specific details surrounding the painting. Since little is known about Vermeer and his muse for the painting, art lovers and critics alike have concocted their own version of the story.
The Guardian, a newspaper based in the UK, asked its readers to write in with there favorite story of who the girl is in the painting. They have posted the top 25 stories on their website. It’s worth taking a look. Meanwhile I think I’ll check out the movie and maybe re-read the book by Tracy Chevalier. While I’m doing that, I wanted to ask – “What’s your story on the painting. What do you believe the story is about Vermeer and The Girl With the Pearl Earring?”
I love this painting – Marc Chagall‘s Waiting. The painting is owned by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. Several years ago my friend and I were admiring the painting and she indicated this was one of her favorites. I have to admit at that time I didn’t have a favorite Chagall and I had never read anything about his work. My great friend moved away and I miss having her and her observations on art. I remembered some of the painting, but couldn’t recall the title so I emailed her and she found it! I don’t know why, but her finding the painting and knowing the title made a big difference to me. I think it makes me feel like my friend is closer – not all the way in Texas. Here’s to Candyce!
For some reason my mind works in strange and mysterious ways and after she emailed me the title of the painting the song The Waiting by Tom Petty came to mind and would not leave. I have this type of thing happen all the time. I will be thinking about something without even knowing it and will realize a song lodged in my head and sure enough the song has something to do with some current circumstance I’m going through.
Right now I think I am in a season of waiting. Waiting and wondering what it is I’m supposed to do.
Let’s listen to Tom Petty for a spell. Okay – that’s better.
Now for some history on Marc Chagall and this beautifully, unusual painting:
As many of you may know, Chagall used many symbols in his paintings. Many of his works have roosters which symbolized fertility; as many of his paintings were about or pertaining to lovers. Marc Chagall was a Russian painter whose work stretched many different mediums. Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Here is a list of symbols and their supposed meanings. Take what you want from this, but it’s kind of fun to look at his paintings with the symbol meanings close at hand.
- Cow: life par excellence – milk, meat, leather, horn, power.
- Tree: another symbol of life.
- Rooster: fertility, often painted together with lovers.
- Bosom: fertility of life – Chagall had great respect for Women and it is shown in his art.
- Fiddler: In Chagall’s village Vitebsk the fiddler made music at major events such as weddings and holidays.
- Herring – a flying fish: Commemorates Chagall’s father who worked in a fish factory.
- Pendulum Clock: time, and modest life.
- Candlestick: two candles symbolize the Shabbat and the life of devout Jews.
- Windows: Chagall’s Love of Freedom.
- Houses of Vitebsk: Feelings for his homeland as most of these paintings were done during his years in Paris.
- Scenes of the Circus: Creativity and Joy.
- Horses: Freedom.
- The Eiffel Tower: Up in the sky, another symbolic metaphor for freedom.
Candyce is still in Texas, but thanks to Chagall’s Waiting, we have been brought a little closer. It’s true what Tom Petty says in his song, “the waiting is the hardest part.” We will once again stroll through an art museum together, but for now we will have to be patient and use the technology at our fingertips. We can share art online perhaps and, of course, wait.
Until next time. Be patient and please wait.
Some cool things I have found on my travels . . .
Miniature Artists Books – I love miniatures and books
Elephant with books
Making paper with seeds – good Spring gift
Yoga sleep pose – from the Yoga Journal
Stereomode site – for whatever mood ails you
Tile Coaster DIY from The Cottage Home
The 99% – not the 1%, but the 99%
feel more better – If you want to feel better go here
the jealous curator – speaks for itself
Lists of Note – lists from all walks of life
Let me know what your favorite “go to” site is right now!
Who? – Me
What? – Things I want to do
Where? – Everywhere
When? – ASAP
Why? – Because I think it would make me happy
How? – Pull the trigger and do them
1. Want to hike on the Appalachian Trail
2. Want to rock climb or begin rock climbing
3. Want to skydive out of an airplane
4. Want to do Pilates with a real Pilates instructor on a Reformer
5. Want to attend church and Sunday school regularly
6. Want to join a Contemplative Prayer group
7. Want to travel everywhere
8. Get a good attitude full time
9. Want to become certified fitness trainer or Pilates instructor
10. Want to own my own book store/art gallery
Here’a my Want list. What’s are your wants? and why? I’m sure there are more, but these are what come to mind right now.
One of my all time favorite paintings is Picasso‘s The Dream. I just realized today that one of my all time favorite bands, The Goo Goo Dolls lead singer, Johnny Rzeznik, has The Dream on his right upper arm. I love the painting for what it says to me – it shows the woman with her head to the side “dreaming”. I have always seen it as soothing and an “emptying out” of the days events. Wiping the slate clean if you will. I wonder if Johnny feels this way. Here’s a little bit of what Johnny says about his many tattoos, including The Dream.
YouTube Rzeznik – I will warn you this video ends rather abruptly. Sorry – not my fault
Go to hotstufftattoos to see the artist who has done many of Johnny’s tattoos
See my earlier post Goo Goo Over Rzeznik here.
Rzeznik’s The Dream
Here are some cool things I’ve found lately:
Seltzer Goods’ Seven Year Pen
Love Letter Seven Year Pen
Did you know you could make candle holders out of foil cupcake liners? Please don’t use the paper ones for obvious reasons.
Use old buttons for storing earrings. How cool is that?
Buttons as earring holders
And finally – Is anyone else tired of seeing the size 0 out there? Well here’s an image of Venus as a size 0. Yuk.
Is this really supposed to make us feel better? What do you think about this? Cool creation or not so cool?
Backstroke, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 22 framed
I have been painting abstracts for awhile now and only find time now and then to do one. I’ve decided to show them off and see what you all think of them. It’s hard putting your work out there, but I like them so you might too. Check out my new Etsy shop at LucyGracesMomArt.
Go With the Flow, Oil on canvas, 18 x 22 framed
Field of flowers miniature, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
Flower Study, acrylic on canvas trading card, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2
Eclipse, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
Separate but Equal, acrylic on canvas, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
I have more, but wanted to test these out first to see if anyone likes abstract. Let me know which one you like the best and why or if you have a question on why I named something the way I did.