The Artist’s Eye The Artist’s Eye Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)
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Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker”
by John Yeo
Wherever or whenever, I have ever seen a reproduction of this incredible work of art, I am entranced. I am sure this is a very allegorical piece of work, full of hidden alternatives. My thoughts are with the mind of the sculptor. What was in the mind of the sculptor as he constructed this work of art? What was he trying to reveal through the deep concentrated reflection of thought revealed in the face of the subject? When I ponder on the ponderer and think about the mind that is reflected in the depiction of a mind, set deep in thought. It is difficult not to equate the creative process, reflecting the mind of the creator with the creator of this work of art. Was the sculptor in a creative trance that guided his mind and his hands to portray such an intense reality? The figure of the man has his head bowed resting on his right hand in a position that can only be viewed as deep concentrated thought. One wonders what was actually in the mind of a man who could produce such an incredible piece of work. In the mundane world of most people’s reality, survival and the normal processes of day-to-day living fill the crevices of an average mind to the exclusion of almost everything else. The dedication required to simply create something as intense and perfect as this amazing work of art must be phenomenal. To me this represents the complete dedication and incredible mind power that is required to start, build, and complete any complex project or creative accomplishment. Auguste Rodin’s depiction of a thinker always sets my thinking processes off on a wild stream of thought. I can only begin to guess how other minds are affected by this incredible work of art, that would be like trying to read the mind of a bronze statue that is obviously deep in thought. According to historical legend Auguste Rodin originally created this statue as part of a much larger piece of work. Apparently the figure was supposed to represent the Italian poet Dante Alighieri thinking about his incredible epical story of Paradise and Inferno.
As usual the image is supplied and credited by Ermilia
THE VISION OF GOLD
by John Yeo
The classical statue was drawing many people to the exhibition. A young nymph seated on a tree trunk shaped to fit her slender body. A tree nymph, the expression of pride and self assurance in her features drew many to question who she was in life. A lady stood transfixed, stunned into a silence that I felt almost sorry to break.
I asked. “Who was she?”
“A member of the Trojan royal family,” came the almost reluctant reply. “I may be related to her.”
“Her hair gives me the impression of ropes, tangled into a helmet secured with a rose,” I said.
“They are a blend of corded gold and consist of many fine hairs, rolled and shaped.”
I took a sideways glance at my companion, who had her head covered with a scarf.
“You say you may be related!” I went on, noting a strange resemblance in the facial features.
“Yes! That necklet is our family emblem, the women always wore one to protect them from evil.”
Then the lady opened her raincoat to reveal an exquisite neck adornment, exactly the same as the statuesque wood nymph was wearing.
“You have many facial features in common, but surely that is a coincidence as the statue is very old.” I remarked.
“Age is a numerical fiction I do not recognise.” She replied.
I was stunned as she proceeded to remove her headscarf to reveal her beautifully corded golden hair, dazzling to the eyes. There was a sudden flash of blinding white light that burned and momentarily blinded my eyes. When my sight returned the vision of warm golden woman had gone, leaving a cold marble replication behind.
I now come here every day searching for her.
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