Friday, February 3, 2012

Jewels of the Deep

A fanciful print by a skilled adaptor of the Asian arts . . .

Bertha Lum — Jewels of the Deep — 1916

Lonely as the ever-breaking waves, though surrounded by all the jewels of the deep, only the spirits of the dead for company.

—Bertha Lum


Annie said...

I always enjoy art that surprises, like the figures forming a tower, making the wave rise higher. The woman, to me, does not look forlorn, so much as immersed. Thank you for including the quote from the artist. It adds to the experience of the painting, and together, they are making me want to read and view it over and over, much like a poem, to decipher the meaning, and absorb the layers.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

I love how you react to stuff like this, Annie.

The art itself can be a visual poem.