~ Love as an inspiration ~

Our world would be gloomy and empty if it did not offer to every single epoch something new for exploring. Nature, as the greatest mystery, does not immediately reveal its secrets to everyone. Human brain has been forcing itself from the very beginning to find out its secrets, to touch its hidden treasures. Those who have been the most persistent and the most curious dedicated their whole lives to the quest to the unknown. There is one trip that never ends. There is one eternal mystery that lives of its appearance and believes in miracles. It is a beginning and the end of everything. It gives a little and takes a lot. Some have lost their lives battles on its uncertain paths, and some have found the lost peace and inspiration. The name of it is Love. Mighty and unbeatable, it does not recognize the borders, races, religions and centuries. It left indelible marks on many paintings, in many wistful glances lost somewhere behind frames and in statues sculpted in tears and fears. The most beautiful songs and stories spoke of its origin and disappearance, the beauty of many forgotten moments, passion and pain, dream and oblivion, despair and the end. By creating them all over the eight years, Pushkin through his verses spilled an unusual love story about two people who belonged to different social strata and, to whom, this diversity did not allow them to be connected at the right moment. Sophisticated, educated and noble Onegin does not want the love of simple, honest and natural Tatyana, but when he meets life with no sense and purpose, he only then begins to discover her deep human values. Restless, he unsuccessfully tries to return his steps. He searches for what he once did not want, but he is confronted with the firm moral principles of a dignified, beautiful woman. Although still in love with him, she nevertheless decides to become a victim, rejecting his love and continuing to live a life she does not want. A famous Greek poet and musician, Orpheus, after the death of his wife Eurydice, sang captivating songs, with which he enchanted not only people, but also wild animals, rivers, streams, winds, and even the gods. Overwhelmed by pain, in a white dress and wreath of flowers on her head and in her hand, Ophelia remained to swim in the river of many beautiful verses by Arthur Rimbaud. Even today, after many years, she always appears on the stage with Shakespeare’s Hamlet to tell the story of her unhappy love, duration and disappearance. Inspired by her beauty and the purity of soul and thought, Millais records her last moments on the canvas, while looking up at the sky, sprinkled with flowers and sings quietly, she calmly lets the water to take her away. Although often unexpected and cruel, love is always inspiring: when it is unrequited, and when it is platonic, and even when it is finished. Even the emptiness of many souls, like the endless universe, becomes paintings that can still be unknown mixture of colors and feelings known only to their creators. In some moments, too strong and big, love does not leave space to other beings, does not allow other inspirations to overcome it. Many walls around the world, decorated with beautiful works, witnesses of the existence of great love and inexhaustible inspiration. On them are some, perhaps intentionally unfinished works, whose truth is cruel and painful, but perhaps too beautiful to finish. Magnificent canvases created from the game of rebellious nature inspired artists and interesting models are painted the pages of diaries of many lives and minds. Beautiful red-haired Fernande Olivier came to rest on many Picasso paintings. Fascinated by the beautiful, sophisticated and elegant Hermina Muni Dauber, Paja Jovanović is conveyed her beauty on many of their fascinating canvases. Even now, after many years, they rest side by side in the Alley of the Greats. Fantasies in love Rubens reduced the artist’s portraits of the characters of two real women: Isabella and Helena. His world became closed to all others, and is open only for his beloved wives, whose features we see in female characters in many of his paintings. Their wonderful portraits have become an indispensable part of many religious and mythological themes of the great master. Inspired by the enchanting and delicate Emilie Floge, Klimt portrait of her was captured in outlandish image composition of the painting, and created a perfection that shyly looks at us from the painting after many years. Monet so loved Camille Doncieux that he painted her as she lay on her deathbed. After the death of his beloved Gala, Dali was remained to live in the tower of the castle, which he bought for her, waiting for her to appear from somewhere and held out her hand to save him from the darkness that engulfed him after her departure. They say that those who love too much lose everything. Perhaps there is some truth in that. If in love we do not take what belongs to us, it will be taken by someone else. Inspiration is still waiting. It survived by virtue of the countless taking and giving.
(Suzana Stojanović)