Love through Art- Passion

Posted By on Feb 2, 2011 | 0 comments


Love, throughout the ages has been one of the most dominant themes in music, art, drama, dance, literature and food, largely because it is one of the most dynamic, complex and fundamental functions of our emotions.  The dynamic context of love is something makes us feel and imagine the mystery of what it is to exist with others and within ourselves.

Now, before I get too philosophical, I'm sharing with you a series of posts about a selection of artworks, literature and music which stir the heart, and which reflects those artist's attempts to understand love in its different forms.

Specifically I've chosen to focus onPassion, The Secret Language of Love, Lost Love, inspirational images of passion in art.

I'll start this post about Love through Art - Passion.

I've selected some paintings, music and poetry which explore the notion of Passion, which I think represents the really intense, all compelling, desire or admiration for something or someone.  I think what makes passion so powerful is it's ability to overwhelm and be all consuming which these artists in various ways have conveyed.

So let's start with music...this was really difficult because there are so many wonderful songs which convey different meanings of passion, like passionate love, jealousy and passion and the notion of doing anything for love and their admirer or lover.  

Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers Les pêcheurs de perles, has the most beautiful aria called'Je crois entendre encore'.  This opera is set in ancient Ceylon, and tells the love story between Nadir a pearl fisherman and Léïla.  In the past, Nadir had fallen in love with the beautiful Brahman priestess, Léïla at a Brahman temple. Now, a veiled priestess has come to his village and he recognizes her as Léïla. He sings of his love for her which has not been diminished by the time they have spent apart.  I feel that Alain Vanzo  has the most sweetest tenor voice for this piece, which coveys this beautiful love tale...a very moving and tender piece both lyrically and musically...I melt every time I hear this (I've included the translation below). 

 

Je crois entendre encore,
Caché sous les palmiers,
Sa voix tendre et sonore
Comme un chant de ramiers !
Ô nuit enchanteresse !
Divin ravissement!
Ô souvenir charmant!
Folle ivresse! Doux rêve!

Aux clartés des étoiles,
Je crois encor la voir,
Entr’ouvrir ses longs voiles
Aux vents tièdes du soir!
Ô nuit enchanteresse!
Divin ravissement!
Ô souvenir charmant!
Folle ivresse! Doux rêve!

Translation:
I still believe I hear
hidden beneath the palm trees
her voice, tender and deep
like the song of a dove
oh enchanting night
divine rapture
delightful memory
mad intoxication, sweet dream

in the clear starlight
I still believe I see her
half drawing her long veil
to the warm night breeze
oh enchanting night
divine rapture
delightful memory
mad intoxication, sweet dream
delightful memory

For a change of pace,  I can't go past a tango for expressing passion in dance and cinema...

Here is Facundo Gallo & Magdalena Valdez, I don't think I need to say much more other than dancing classes are on my to do list if he's the teacher ;p


Okay, if that got you stirred, here is a little more passion through Kiss, one of the most intimate stages of love.  I've selected some early cinema with the Love God himself, the gorgeous Rudolph Valentino, talking was not necessary in his movies 😉 

He was quoted as saying  "Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams. " --Rudolph Valentino - 1923

*sigh*

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Rudolf Valentino Tango Kisses

 

 

 

The finale

Lastly, a Collection of paintings and a photo (by Man Ray) which stir my emotions and passion, will complete our sensory journey of Love in Art- Passion :)   Each of these artworks represents the vibrancy, life and connection of passion, through colour, style design and line.  The compositions of these few artworks for me, communicate the attachment to the emotions of passion and love which we experience.

 

Leonid Afremov

Leonid Afremov

   

The Kiss, Man Ray

The Kiss, Man Ray

 

     
 

Lovers-and-Flowers, Marc Chagall

Lovers-and-Flowers, Marc Chagall

 
The Lovers, Man Ray

The Lovers, Man Ray

 

Which of these art forms stirred you the most?  Are there other songs, paintings or artforms, which you would suggest to represent Love in Art through Passion?  Please let me know in the comments :)

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