Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Mermaid Chair (notes)

“Submerged, I would always go off into a dreamy state. I had always loved Chagall’s Lovers in the Red Sky, his painting of an entwined couple soaring above rooftops, above the moon. The image would come to me each time I sank into the wave, the couple sometimes flying through a red sky but more often swimming in searing blue water.

Other times I would think of the mermaid Chagall had painted, suspended above the water, above the trees, a flying mermaid, but without wings, and I would think of Thomas saying he envied mermaids who belonged to the sea and to the sky” p129 ~ Sue Monk Kidd

How effective is art in visualizing a mood if the reader is unfamiliar with the piece?

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