Hello, I hope you’re having a great Thursday so far!
Today’s art piece is quite out of the ordinary, I feel. Most scenes portrayed in paintings I post are as observed by an omnipresent narrator, the artist, who’s opening a window to another reality, scene, event, emotion, or concept they wanted to share with us.
But in this case, the art has come to life and it’s approaching us directly! I loved this piece because of its creativity and also the human aspect it shows. I don’t know if the person here (seems like a boy to me), represents Pere himself or not; but he surely represents a very understandable fear an artist should overcome which is obtaining bad criticism of his work. I wouldn’t find any other reason why this character would have that look on his face and it’s attempting to flee its frame than fearing bad criticism unless we’re talking about someone who’s very shy and would also be upset by a good critique 🙂 . It’s entirely possible.
In either case, I love the sincerity in this painting and the “out-of-the-box” thinking of the artist, or should I say “out-of-the-frame”?
The first title that was given to this piece was “Love and Pain” which can clearly be related to what we see here, however, the final title is “Vampire”, giving a bit of a surprising twist, as I don’t quite see the all the supernatural elements I would expect from such a motif.
However you choose to view it, it’s a beautiful piece, she seems to be comforting him and he seems lost in her embrace; not only her arms, but her hair surrounds him, intense red hair and above them, a large shadow covering them which I believe adds a bit of the ominous vampiric element; there’s something else behind this beauty, there’s a hidden motive behind the romantic scene.
Part of why I chose to publish this one today, is because I happen to be reading Dracula by Bram Stoker currently, and just last night I was horrified by the scene where the vampire ladies start harassing Jonathan Harker.
But even if you remove the supernatural element, there are complex relationships where the attachment is a source of comfort and pain, they may not suck your blood out literally but could quite take the life out of your soul. Beware of those, my friends!
(Don’t judge me, I’m excited about gothic literature rn xD)