By- Samhitha Dulam

Just like many of us, I had experienced loneliness, but soon after, when I had gone through some portraits, I decided to have more solitude rather than isolation.

Well many of us might have thought that most of the artists had shown their pain and loneliness, but I would rather see it as solitude. And many of us might think there is no much difference, but actually, it does.

Yes! Just have a look at the below portrait by the great PABLO PICASSO

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PABLO PICASSO’S “THE OLD GUITARIST” painting belongs to the artist famed “BLUE PERIOD”. It portrays an old, undernourished man wearing torn, threadbare clothing and playing the guitar on the streets of Barcelona.

In general, we do see the same and may think that he must be alone even in a crowded place. Yes, of course, he was alone. Still, he was so immersed in his own company that he hadn’t felt the pain of loneliness. Yet, rather than being DEPRESSED about being lonelyhe had CREATED pleasant music on the streets. Lost in his world, he was. 

Picasso used the blue shades to depict poverty, human misery and suffering and yet he showed us SOLITUDE. After all, as the master said: “Without great SOLITUDE, no serious work is POSSIBLE.”

Let’s have a look at one more masterpiece called AUTOMAT by EDWARD HOPPER.

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Edward’s AUTOMAT(1927), is probably one of the most recognisable and shows much SOLITUDE.

In general, the word AUTOMAT defines self-service restaurants. This work shows the feeling of loneliness, darkness and isolation, yet she felt so protected. The colours used are mostly dark and dull shades (yellow, green, black). The faint yellow shows the fear. In contrast, green indicates emotional healing and safety. Though an empty chair shows loneliness, the black colour shows the power of being solitude that gives much positiveness rather than a negative depression feeling provided by isolation.

The art gives the impression of a woman who is isolated from others but not from her self thoughts. It’s like she is so involved in herself, that she just chooses to escape from society but not from herself.

For even better understanding, let me explain this artwork called SOLITUDE by DALER USMANOV(2015).

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This piece of art is one of the most recognised in the world collection organised by LUCIANO BENETTON collection in Tajikistan. The best part of this painting is the way how Usmonov showed us the power of solitude through a young man sitting in a dark room, watching through the window where the light pro located and changes the entire mood. It can be seen that though the man is isolated from the rest of the world, he is just enjoying his own company. In contrast, the light falling through the window just shows us that always we could find hopepeace and mostly we can enlighten ourselves even in the darkest times. But only when we feel more solitude than loneliness.

My GIVE AWAY :

All those artists gave us the portraits where we could find the loneliness and solitude. And yes it all depends on us to either take it as an example of SOLITUDE, start reflecting ourself and reach inner peace or take it as LONELINESS that only gives you a negative vibe that mostly kills a person just like illness.   

There is a lot of difference between solitude and loneliness, just like being with yourself and being left out from yourself! Yes, of course, we all do feel alone and leave out from the rest but remember to embrace the aloneness and realise that you are the one with the whole universe.

Come on, MAN!!!!

Be comfortable with yourself, find balance within you, become intimate with your own thoughts. You will feel so happy that you are not under someones’ demand and you are all by yourself. The so-called extroverts, who are primarily lost in social life and so-called introverts, who are so lost in their own world, ultimately need a little amount of solitude to find harmony.

By- Samhitha

We all know about the art called STARRY NIGHT as one of the most recognized art pieces in the world. But most of us have no idea, what the painting actually is? Well, this is what I found when I started working on this art.

Vincent van Gogh painted STARRY NIGHT in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Well, coming to the painting, it is a magnificent piece of art undoubtedly. With the incorporation of dark colours of which Blue dominates, blending hills into the sky, the little village stays at the base shown by the shades of brown, grey and blue, each building outlined by black. And here comes the attention grabber of the painting, the stars and moon painted with yellow and white where the moon stands out against the sky.

What I felt in STARRY NIGHT:

One of the most exciting things about this painting is it came entirely out of Van Gogh’s imaginative. The brush strokes on the cypress tree, the clouds around the stars and the moon bend with the curve of the branches, which show that Van Gogh is respected by his people like the clouds bowed to the cypress tree.

The town is just up and down with rigid lines that interrupt the flow of the brush strokes, just like many people who criticized his work.

EXPRESSIONISM and RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATION:

Van Gogh’s signature style, characterized by bright and heavy brushstrokes, which are sloppy, crude and childish. While other painters working in the mid-nineteenth century were mostly interested in painting landscapes and portraits that looked like photographs, Van Gogh used his exaggerated and expressive brushstrokes to visualize the way he felt inside and reveal his personal impressions of whatever subject he wanted to paint. While paintings like Starry Night were obviously far ahead of their time and paved the way for EXPRESSIONISM, one of the significant art movements of the early twentieth century, the art of Van Gogh was largely unappreciated during those times.

But there is much more than INSANITY and ISOLATION in his painting. Van Gogh himself was also religious, even serving as a missionary in his younger days. In 1888, he wrote a letter in which describes “a great starlit vault of heaven….one can only call God.” With a theologian to his family member. Like shown in the art how the spire of church stretches up to the sky, Von Gogh brings God to the village.

 Like Joseph, a dreamer and an outcast in the company of his eleven older brothers said in Genesis 37:9 “Look I have dreamed another dream. And this time the moon, the eleven stars bowed down to me.” Which means that he was thrown, sold into slavery and underwent years of imprisonment much like Van Gogh did the last years of his life in the Arles asylum. No matter what Joseph did, he could not receive the acceptance or respect from his 11 older brothers. Likewise, despite his best efforts as an artist, he failed to receive the recognition of art critics of his day. So, we might think where did Van Gogh found himself in STARRY NIGHT?  It is uncertain, yet Van Gogh may identify himself with the looming cypress tree in the foreground of the painting.

What I took from this PAINTING?

Well, here is what I took. Though there were so many interpretations of the starry night, I could still find hope in this art. The bright colours shown even in the dark night shows that it is still possible to see the light. Likewise, we need to find hope, and like the shining stars filling the sky, we should lighten up to find a guide to lead our ways. The bold colours used show us to find peace and love in our life.

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