Arts Everyday Living: A Poem, A Painting, and the Passing of True Love

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I had no planned theme for today.  Then by luck, I found first the poem and then shortly after the painting both displayed below.  For some reason, I like their combination.

Alfred Stevens, Woman Wearing a Bracelet, n.d., oil on canvas, Private Collection


 I loved you, and I probably still do,

And for a while the feeling may remain…

But let my love no longer trouble you,

I do not wish to cause you any pain.

I loved you; and the hopelessness I knew,

The jealousy, the shyness — though in vain —

Made up a love so tender and so true

As my God grant you to be loved again.*

*The poem, I Loved You, is by Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), one of the most beloved poets in Russian literary history.

Belgian Alfred Stevens (1823-1906)artist of Woman Wearing a Bracelet, made portraits of beautiful woman his specialty in late nineteenth century Paris.  See: Monday’s blog, Artists’ Letters to the World for more examples of his work.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

Want to bring the art of Vermeer, Monet, and O’Keeffe, along with other masters, into your life?  Take a look at Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively!



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