I know your first question is, “Who is he?”

Edward Hopper is an American painter famous for his oil paintings; he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Realistic depictions of everyday urban scenes that appear in most of his paintings still shock many during recognition of the strangeness of familiar surroundings.

And coming to the title, I asked if you are also living in Hopper’s MORNING SUN because I’m already living in it.

Before explaining why I’m living in it, let me tell you about the painting.

No one captured human isolation within the modern city like Edward Hopper, where one can easily find solidarity in enforced solitude. One such masterpiece is “MORNING SUN.”

You can find a woman wearing a simple pink shift dress sitting on a bed and gazing out a window with her knees pulled up to her chest, with her hair tucked back into a bun. Her bare arms rest lightly on her bare legs. The sun rays falling through the Window, shines her brighter with a glimmer of hope. Her visible right eye appears, emphasizing her isolation though she seems to be locked up in the small room. Hopper painted the room with primary colors that show drearily dull and lifeless. But the glimpse of street situated below enhances the stillness and solace felt within the four walls of the room.

I said I’m living in this because, in regular times, I used to sit alone in cafes, near the windows except that I’ve got a phone to make me feel social. But during this pandemic, we are coldly distanced from each other. And even now, I sit at the lonely windows, but this time I started overlooking a sinisterly empty town, like the woman. Sometimes, I feel like a prisoner within the room where my gaze directed towards the inner self. Where it says, “You know, Hope is a funny thing, my girl! Because you see, it is the one that makes you and breaks you too. It makes you to expect, to believe, and drives you in life. And sometimes it breaks you so hard that you couldn’t express. You know there is tremendous increase in number of COVID cases and you are not sure if they are going to find a solution before we lose everything, yet you never stopped hoping.You have lost connections with your dear ones, but sometimes you feel that the warmth from the rising sun is needed rather than the warmth from tears rolling down your cheeks.”

Hopper expressed Solitude, and I found it by living in it, where my inner self thought me, “never to lose HOPE -After all Hope is what keeps you alive.” 

By – Samhitha Dulam

Swans Reflected Elephants! Really!?
Yes, they did in a painting called “Swans Reflecting Elephants” by SALVADOR DALI. This painting is one of the most recognized works by Dali during “The Paranoia-Critical” period.
About the painting:
Titles of paintings by Dali are most confusing, convoluted but “Swans Reflecting Elephants” is not among them and tells us exactly what we are looking. Dali painted Swans Reflecting Elephants in the year 1937.
Dali liked to use double images, and this is one of his most common techniques. Even “Swans Reflecting Elephants” is also painted by the same method where the two images are swans and the elephants. To be clear this work is based on “Surrealism”.
Now many questions arise like what is Surrealism? How can swans and elephants be together? And if you observe, clearly you could find a man on the left side of the painting and then again a question, who is he? What actually is this painting representing or showing us?
Cool!! I will tell you about them as per my understanding.
Firstly, Surrealism is an Avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creativeness of an unconscious mind just like illustrations made out of hallucinations. Dali used the concept of Surrealism in most of his paintings, letting us create a story of our imagination rather than giving us the entire meaning of a portrait.
Then coming to the bizarre combination of swans and elephants, they didn’t come in contact with each other but here is how the combination was made. The reflections of swans are merged with the trees behind them, reflecting as elephants that is-the reflection of swans as elephants upper part and the reflection of trees as legs of an elephant.
Here comes the most unrecognized part of the painting, the man on the left side of art near the hills, with hands crossed, head bent and seems to be moody/frustrated in his world. As per many assumptions and interpretations, he is none other than Dali.
My Give Away:
Well, as of now, I only told you about the painting. But here is my take away from this unrealistic yet inspirational painting. It isn’t just an illustration of such uncommon combinations. Dali used swans to symbolize purity, peace, elegance, calmness, love, creativity. The elephants, to express the positive energy, wisdom, strength, unity as well as being marked as power and cleverness. The smooth and soft texture gives a feeling of happiness.
I could say that though sometimes we all feel low, frustrated or become so moody just like the man standing. But when we could find the elegance, love, creativity, wisdom, strength, positive energy around us, then whatever you have been, and you are going through will be changed. You could only let go of these things only when you could see the positiveness. You don’t need someone to say something for you to move on when you see all the things by yourself with a little wisdom.
Remember, you will have only you when you are going through pain, and it’s always up to you to look up things and be a powerful person with a lot of wisdom.

By- Samhitha Dulam

Yes, folks!!! We all heard of MODI Ji asking for us to be local, and this isn’t the first time that we are asked to boycott other countries products and use our country products. It started years ago to be prior it started from the times of swadeshi movement. It is very well explained by one of our artist called ABANINDRANATH TAGORE.

We have seen many portraits of BHARAT MATA. But a very few of us have seen the original painting of Bharat Mata. Here is the painting of Bharat Mata by Abanindranath Tagore.

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In a land where the goddess and the female force are worshipped, it is not so surprising that the potent symbol and our nation is symbolized by a woman – BHARAT MATA. This is one of the most iconic paintings of Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of the Bengal School of Art.

The WORK:

This painting was mainly conceived, keeping in mind about the swadeshi movement. The painting made with watercolours depicts the BHARAT MATA as a four-armed goddess who looks like a saffron-clad woman, dressed like sadhvi, holding sheaves of paddy, a book, a piece of white cloth and a garland in her four hands. This has so much of impression on people mostly because of the emotion, purity and historical value in it. She holds the multiple items associated with the Indian economy and culture of India in the early 20th century. The entire rendering is very symbolic, yet it’s quite real.

The impact of this painting was that Bharat Mata became the new deity of the country, unlike all other Hindu goddesses who had weapons and became the face of modern Swadeshi India. Abanindranath made her with the theme of the motherland, which is not in shackles or chains but radiant and promising a bright future. Jawaharlal Nehru wrote in his autobiography;

“It is curious how one cannot resist the tendency to give an anthropomorphic form to a country….. India becomes Bharat Mata….some such pictures rouse the emotions of hundreds of thousands.”

There are many interpretations about this painting where some said she is a goddess; she is made as a symbol of revolutionary and many more. Of course, they are accurate and here is my interpretation: she is named as Bharat Mata, where the nation is referred as “MATA” –MOTHER, evoking the powerful force of the goddess and merging it with a deep love for the motherland. And observe the painting, it ultimately shows us the values, culture and the purity of being a SWADESHI (Now called as LOCAL).

My Give Away:

Bharat Mata- “The woman as the Nation” what did she wear- pure saffron-coloured saree, a pair of shakha-pola, conch shell and coral bangles around her wrists and nothing apart from that yet she looked so good, so attractive, as beautiful as our nation, with her face marked with an expression of quiet contemplation like she is politely waiting for you to finish your point before presenting her interpretation of the issue at hand. She has just shown us the beauty of being SWADESHI. The importance of our culture, we all do know about it, yet we LOST it, man!! It’s so sad to say and accept it, but we indeed LOST our CULTURE, our TRADITIONS, our way of being SWADESHI!

It’s ok! Somehow we showed more interest in other products rather than swadeshi products. And we came to know about it so late but remember it’s never late to change ourselves if it’s for a good cause.

Being swadeshi doesn’t make you low or don’t let others say it’s much better to use other products rather than our products instead let them know the importance of our culture, tradition, values and the help you do to an INDIAN as an INDIAN!!

Let’s be like swadeshi or like a local and embrace the greatness of your culture and values in it.

#Buy Swadeshi, Be like Swadeshi!!!

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