Not Another Love Story.
It’s Valentine’s day 2019 — but don’t worry, this post doesn’t require pigtails and a sweet tooth to get through. And the only relationship you need to have is one with Art. And yourself, maybe.
In fact this year, surely reached peak self-love, self-care, and self-help, as you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t thinking they were due a little “me time” today because you know, #wellness.
But this is not what we “mean” and yes, maybe Valentine’s day is a bit of an easy target for our inner cynic and Art Critic, but when you stick your nose into two of the most intoxicating expressions of our humanity, its hard not to get a bit, well, fervent and feral!
In fact, Peggy G sums it up better than we ever could:
“It is all about art and love”.
Love in Art: Universal languages
Love has been one of the most prominent themes depicted in art throughout history and geography. Artful depictions of lovers demonstrate the limitless different forms that love can take, and perhaps serves to illustrate the limiting constraints of language when trying to communicate the most sought after feeling in the world. Ahh to love and to be loved… How can something that sounds so simple be so complex?
Portrayals of lovers offer fascinating insights into the cultures from around the World and reflect how perspectives on love have evolved over the centuries. From sweet to sensual to porno, artful depictions of lovers demonstrate the limitless different forms that love can take, and yes, is so universally evocative and understood.
Art and Love are possibly the most unifying medium and emotion around the World. Paradoxically, they are polarising and divisive as well. What is Love? What is Art?
Ahhh well, despite us really wanting to give you a cake mix answer, we humbly have to keep mum.
However, we’ve collated some bits of Creative Wisdom to get your artistic juices flowing for V-DAY, a day for all us Art lovers to celebrate our relationship with Love and Art.
Dipping a toe in the deep and shallow waters of the Art World
Artists on Art & Love
“Art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” Chuck Klosterman
We love Chuck for being able to remind us of the distinction between Love and Lust, especially when so often we confuse our appreciation for Art with thinking “It’s pretty, I like that” when in fact that reduces Art to something binary, exclusive and lustful. The distinction between Love and Lust for Art is critical, as Love endures longer than Lust (like ok sometimes). Something to think about perhaps when purchasing your next work of Art.
We like to think the relationship between Love and Art is not just about aesthetics it's about how it makes you feel connected to yourself, the artist or the general emotion of a Work.
In her book Eleanor and Part, Rainbow Powell reminded of that oh so famous trope:
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” or perhaps even “Love makes you blind”
If we look at art it to “feel something” when we look at someone we love we feel something too. In fact, the feelings become so strong we stop seeing with our eyes, we start seeing with our hearts. To look at someone you love feels like looking at Art. And to look at Art you connect with, can feel like being in Love. Maybe that contributes to the explanation of why in Love and Art standard economics don’t apply.
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Speaking of Standard Economics, Goethe’s observations on Art and Love, take us one step further into the realm of the Divine and the spiritual. Now if there is anything that we know we mustn't put a price tag on, it’s God. Right? But you can buy a share the pope here for 20Euros.
Alain De Botton in Art as Therapy reminds us that Art is there to make us “Better Versions of ourselves” and yes, then to Love art is to Self-Love. But maybe not the self-love you put on the back of an iPhone case? Who knows.
Nevertheless, in his Description of An Idyll, De Botton manages to put into words the Frisson felt at the moment of falling in Love. His description of this Love story feels extremely intimate, as we witness, in his words, his experience of falling in love projected on this picture.
“In his Daphnis and Chloe, Pisano evokes the beginnings of love. […] Daphnis regards Chloe as so precious, he hardly dares to touch her. […] He wants to deserve her; he does not know if she will love him and this doubt intensifies his delicacy. In his eyes, she absolutely cannot be taken for granted. Seen by someone in a long-term relationship […] this image comes across as particularly necessary, because of its power to return us to a forgotten sense of gratitude and wonder.” Alain de Botton
Did you get tingles? We did.
Ah Love. Ah Art. So deep and so intense. But thankfully we have to leave it to a Brit to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously:
“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”Oscar Wilde
Thanks Wildy! Happy V-Day Y’all!
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