One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up to find this painting: 'The Embrace' by Gustav Klimt, on my television's screen.
See, my television doubles up as an art gallery:
I am able to set the sleep mode to feature different art pieces, and that morning I woke to see my boyfriend added 'The Embrace' to our living room decor.
So this 'art of the day' has really been the 'art of the month' for me.
In this piece, Klimt shows how an embrace can encompass the entire world: I see Klimt's world in the shapes, colors of patterns on these two figures and the space behind them. The countless intricate shapes on her, the large 'eye-like' circles on him, and the spiral desert behind them...
And who are these lovers?
Or are they mother and son... old friends... siblings... friends...?
The warm complete surrender of their embrace suggests to me that they are lovers. Perhaps after a long journey apart, reconnecting...
Her eyes are closed -- which suggests she trust him completely.
Her exposed hands suggests that she can be trusted.
And his head bowing down to her neck suggests his complete immersion in her.
It is, in simple terms, the beauty of a deeply felt embrace.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman