Valentine’s Day is about love. Artists are experts.
#45 – If you want to fall in love with something, paint it, draw it, sculpt it.
Artists are always in love – with the subjects of their art. It is difficult to remain neutral if you’re looking to capture the essence of a person or idea. The deepest work is always done when there is a strong resonance with the subject, rather than merely copying.
That resonance can begin with a simple curiosity, but once an artist begins to work with a subject, a relationship develops that continues throughout the creative process.
Auguste Rodin sculpted The Kiss as a sensual depiction of a tragic love story, but Camille Claudel sculpted Rodin as a loving tribute to the artist. Claudel was Rodin’s student and muse who also became his lover. Deeply in love with her mentor, she modeled a portrait of him in Bust of Rodin. The details in his furrowed brow, his eyes, his beard, capture the essence of the sculptor in the way a lover would.
Looking at the world through the eyes of an artist, we can often catch glimpses of how an artist loves the world in order to depict it. Valentine’s Day is a good day to embrace how we might better see the world through the loving eyes of its artists.
“There is nothing more artistic than to love people.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“We will make love an art and we will love like artists.”
“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.”
Description of the images included in this post:
The Kiss (c. 1882)
Bust of Rodin (1888-1889)
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