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The Eternal Essence of the Floating World

Art and thoughtfulness…


800px-Johannes_Vermeer_-_The_lacemaker_(c.1669-1671) Johannes Vermeer, “The Lacemaker”

Lately, my thoughts have been spiraling around a deep need to focus, to cut off all the extraneous details by finding a focus of devoted dedication. In a painting by Vermeer that I have always loved and was lucky to see in the Louvre many years ago, a young lacemaker is utterly dedicated to her task. We are feeling the sheer density and gravity of the moment. Our eyes gravitate towards the centre of the painting with the V shaped threads that are sharp in focus as opposed to the rest of the painting, which forms a blurry background. But at the same time and quite miraculously, out of that gravity arise extraordinary lightness and luminosity, as if the moment was transcended and made eternal. A famous quote from Rilke’s letters comes to mind:

“…it is our task to impress this provisional, transient earth upon ourselves…

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Written by Jude Cowell

December 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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  1. Yes, loved this post. Vermeer was a genius…and Monika’s blog is fantastic…

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    Anne Whitaker

    December 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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