Paintings that stay with you


There are works of art that leave you breathless. Every now and then you stumble upon something so beautiful, it stops you right in your step. You stand in the middle of the street, staring with your mouth open, mind frozen. Slowly you regain your composure, just in time to make way for the cyclist coming at you. You take a few steps forward to have a closer look. Just standing there, breathing, speechless. You notice the details, taking it all in inch by inch, until you're overflowing. You realise that this is so much bigger than you. The mere idea of attempting to take it all in seems ridiculous. You are made tiny in it's presence in the same way that staring at the night sky makes you feel like a speck of dust floating through space. You are too small to take it all with you, but you are better for having seen it. It makes you richer and more yourself somehow.

Galatea of the Spheres
Galatea of the Spheres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am talking about a painting. I have seen a few paintings that have made me feel that way in my life. Galatea of the Spheres by Salvador Dali, Wasserschlangen II by Gustav Klimt, the latter only ever seen on a computer screen. Paintings like that, for me, are few and far between. But the experience I was describing happened a few months ago. I was heading home from my language course and there it was, on display in a sales gallery. Every day I walked by, stopped and stared for a while. I considered stepping in the gallery, but I felt out of place. It was obviously an upscale sort of establishment.

Watersnakes II
Watersnakes II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days later, I finally gathered the courage. I knew there was no way I could afford that painting, but I wanted to know who the artist was. Maybe one day, when I'm rich, I can afford to have a work of theirs hanging on my wall.

This is a bad phone camera photo of the gallery window. There is a better one on the gallery's webpage, but it doesn't do it justice either. The artist's name is Ahmad Haraji.

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