Arts Everyday Living: In the Spirit of the Art of Mindfulness—Vermeer & Cezanne

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VERMEER & CEZANNE 

IN THE SPIRIT OF

THE ART OF MINDFULNESS

 

SPACES OF MEDITATION

Some 34 paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) remain, mostly female portraits in extraordinary rooms, quiet enclaves, nurturing and deepening our spirits. You might not be able to envision the details—the woman’s face or the rich colors and textures—of The Lacemaker done around 1670, but you can reflect on its overall sense of tranquility during the mindfulness experience.(see: Wednesday, January 14 blog for further explanation of this process.)

Click on the website dedicated to the artist to view a complete survey of his masterpieces,

Essential Vermeer

Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker, 1669-1670, detail, oil on canvas, Musee du Louvre, Paris

 THE ETERNAL BLUE VASE

Why is Still Life with Blue Vase perfection?  Its creator Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) explained more than a century ago:

Painting must give us the flavor of nature’s eternityEVERYTHING, you understand.  So I join together nature’s straying hands.  From all sides, here, there and everywhere, I select colours, tones, and shades; I set them down and bring them together….*

Harmony, truth, simplicity were other words Cezanne used to communicate the essence of his art.  However, the dozens of portrayals of fruit, flowers, dishes, and tablecloths arranged by his penetrating eye are the real proof.  For instance, Still Life with Blue Vase has always haunted me: the hypnotic blue of the vase, the rather strange placement of the plate (or is it two?), and the unexpected tilt of the picture plane. Yet, like many of Cezanne works, possessing a clarity and beauty easily recalled during moments of contemplation.

For more still lifes by Cezanne, click:

Web Museum, Paris

Cezanne

Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Blue Vase, 1885-1887, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay

*From a memoir of Cezanne by Joachim Gasquet (1897-1906).

Here are some additional mindfulness artists:

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851)

James A. M. Whistler (1834-1903)

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

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