Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Romance in Art

We all appreciate art. Yes, we do. Even those who refuse to put a picture on their wall appreciate it. Isn't a blank wall a work of art? Unadorned, clean and ready for anything?



I include a photo in every blog post because I love to search and find visual representation of my words. Thankfully, there are plenty of photographers who share their gifts on Flickr, and who graciously allow others to use the photos. One thing I'm amazed at is the variety that pops up when I type in a search word. Talk about creative tags! Any number of pictures might display under "romance," including sandal-clad feet, dolphins, architecture, candles, and couples holding hands.

What about other forms of art, though? Do you every stroll through an art museum and detect the gentle curve of a dancer in a beautiful vase? Or stare at a painting and note the gleam in a Duchess's eye? It's clear she has the hots for the painter, right? Some paintings ooze romance and danger--check out this mini-site from the Louvre on Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Others convey the sweet, heady desire of romance like Jack Vettriano's The Singing Butler.

Inspiration for romance lurks in landscapes, still-lifes, pottery, carvings, photographs, drawings, glasswork, you name it.

Do you have a favorite work of art? Is there anything romantic about it?

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22 comments:

  1. I don't know that I have a favorite, but when I see something that speaks to me I'll know.

    My walls are just waiting for the perfect pieces!

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  2. I've always loved the Robert Doisineau photo Kiss by the Hotel De Ville. Everything about it seems to speak of romance, the city, the fashion of the era, the movement & of course that kiss that just had to happen in the middle of a busy sidewalk seemingly mid step.

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  3. I love anything dealing with nature.

    I've been turned off by some of what I've found on flickr. It's too bad b/c I get a lot of my photos from there.

    I enjoy combining art or aesthetics with writing.
    ~ Wendy

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  4. For me, my favorite is the art of music. The way even a few notes have the power to suggest, to transport, to stir memory. The phrasing of lyrics, of the music itself, shapes much of the art.

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  5. I admit, I'm not one who seeks out art. But I can appreciate the inspiration behind anything that finds me.

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  6. I'm in love with the beach and Gods beautiful ocean's. BTW, that's one of the reasons I say aww each time I come to your blog. Love, your background!

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  7. I'm partial to works with leaves in them. I'm not sure why, but every picture in my house has at least one leaf in it. Odd isn't it?

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  8. Asking me to pick a favorite work of art is like asking me to pick a favorite book.

    I LOVE the works of Michelangelo, Hopper, Cassatt, Kandinsky, Monet, Manet, Magritte, Mondrian, Vermeer.

    Okay. Enough already. You do a great job of combining visual and literary art

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  9. I love looking at artwork. The colors in a piece speak to me. They can evoke drama, peace, calm, love, etc all depending on how the artist blends their colors.

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  10. There will definitely be a time in my life where I'm able to go and explore cultural, art-filled places, but, unfortunately, now isn't the time. Your post today really dug up desire in my heart that I kind of forgotten about. Thank you!

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  11. There will definitely be a time in my life where I'm able to go and explore cultural, art-filled places, but, unfortunately, now isn't the time. Your post today really dug up desire in my heart that I kind of forgotten about. Thank you!

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  12. Your new blog design is beautiful! Love it!
    My favorite artwork always seems to be photographs. My current art fetish is for tiltshift photography, which makes pictures look like miniature scenes.
    For paintings, I had a book of French impressionist art as a child, and those pictures always seem to pull me back to being a little kid.
    Have a blessed day, Jill!

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  13. I'm partial to landscapes, both the realistic versions and Monet-type impressionists. The colors ae super important to me. If they include purple, I'm sure to love 'em. :)

    Blessings,
    Susan

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  14. The artwork in my living room was greated by my eldest daughter (the art and art history major). I will have to take pictures someday and post them on my blog. The other is a Monet print. I love Monet, Renoir and Rodine.

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  15. I wondered where you got your photos! Thanks for letting me know!

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  16. I'm a sucker for pictures drawn by kids. I love seeing the world through their eyes.

    Stick people families, flowers as tall as trees, and every sky has a spiky-ray sun.

    :)

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  18. Good question! I don't know if I have a fave work of art, but I enjoy paintings alot.

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  19. I seek out art. I love all kinds of art: from impressionists to sidewalk chalk...

    I used to tell my students that when I grow up I'll be an artist.

    I put a photo on every post too. I find inspiration in photos.

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  20. No, I don't specifically look for works of art in places like museums etc. but I do appreciate God's works of art. On my way to work each morning, I pass this beautiful lake and being early with the sun shining over it, it is awesome!

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  21. Thanks for sharing your take on art. I'm sorry I've been missing--the computer crashed. Again.

    So, I'm struggling to get a wireless router figured out. It's not pretty! Hoping I'll be back online full-time soon!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  22. Jill--You are one of the few "grown up" writers I read. I've given you an award over at my blog. You have such a lovely outlook and I always find something positive when I read your blog or your comments on my blog or other people's blogs. Thanks for always having such a lovely take on life. Sorry about your computer issues. We went through some issues for about six months....went through repairs, new computer, new computer repairs and finally all is well.

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