Feb 14, 2019

Love and art, do we have to choose? Not today.

Art and love always went together – in literature, paintings, and for the real-life artistic couples. Today we reminisce about all things love and the forms it takes for human beings, the only specie capable of making it so complicated.

It’s hard these days to write a blog article without referring to Van Gogh, but he once said: “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”. Perhaps that’s why a vast majority of artwork has always been about love, in one way or another. No wonder that when Georges Polti categorized every single dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance and came up with “The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations”, more than a half of them had something to do with love.

In literature, whether it was ancient Greek mythology or Udmurt tales, most of the plots are love-related. The Kiss, whether it’s by Auguste Rodin, Gustav Klimt, or the French-Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, is a universal leitmotiv in visual arts.

Gustav Klimt “The Kiss”, 1907

The relationship between art and its creator has also been in question for centuries. Take Pygmalion, Ovid’s narrative about a Cypriot sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory and fell in love with it. That’s quite messed up even by modern standards.

And what about muses? The stories are never-ending. What if Dali didn’t meet Gala, would his art be the same? And what if Gala didn’t leave her child and husband to become a life-long muse? Sometimes love is stronger than art, but sometimes art prevails – like when Paul Gaugin left his family to live and paint in Tahiti.

Dali and Gala

Today you don’t have to choose between art and love, you can get a .ART domain and express your love for anything and anyone – or gift it. Use promo-code LOVEISART to get a breathtaking 50% discount, valid until the end of this week.

NB: If you don’t have anything planned for tonight, here are a few things you could happily do by yourself without overpaying for a “Valentine’s special”:

·      Check out the Sky Arts series “Artists in love”. There are 10 episodes that will melt your heart, make you angry, make you wonder – and want to create.

·      Read the majorly overlooked “Lust for life” by Irving Stone, which tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh like no other work, in a raw and powerful narrative.

·      Immerse yourself in the musical side of Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera’s turbulent artistic relationship with this Spotify playlist .

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