In honour of Mercury Retrograde, I’m re-blogging a post from my early WordPress days. An extra fun twist is that I now work at the university I mention in the post. I’m loving this trip back in time.
Happy equinox-full moon-lunar eclipse!
Years ago I bought an art print from a poster fair that would visit my university a couple of times a year. I was so drawn to this painting, which featured a woman sitting at what looked to be a Parisian cafe, a pensive expression on her face, quill and half-glass of wine on her table. I loved everything about this piece: the setting, the colours, the subject matter, the painter’s technique. I didn’t even look up the artist for some time, or explore the historical context of the work (which is strange, considering I was an Art History major). It spoke to me, and that was enough.
The Cafe, Tsuguharu Foujita (1949)
I felt an affinity with this woman, and I wanted to be her, but her world and life were so far away from mine. This painting created a tension within me. Of admiring, of relating…but also feeling…
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