‘House by the Railroad’, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’,’The Goldfinch’…what do all these paintings have in common? The fact that they inspired someone enough to fuel their own inspiration, and create a whole narrative.
Over the past two weeks I’ve been considering the way in which we view art and allow our thoughts and impressions to create meaning beyond that intended by the artist. It cast my mind back to my dissertation, titled: ‘Forms of perception: To what extent does our physiology influence our interpretation of symbolic images in comparison to learnt cultural influences?’. It’s interesting to see how one persons interpretation of a scenario can differ so vastly from another, which is exactly what happened last week when my writing group was presented with Georges Seurat’s ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’ (1884).
With the majority of us having limited background knowledge on the piece (therefore being influenced by contextual aspects only to a very small degree) the way in which each individual ‘read’ what was happening in the scene differed from person to person.
Last week I took you on a tour of my work space, including my ‘inspiration wall’, which contains many art postcards. The images that make it to my wall all have one thing in common: they take me somewhere else. They’re not just images, they’re visual stories which set my mind on a path to either imagined places, or evoke a feeling or memory. Below are some wonderful works from very talented artists whose work sets you wondering about the story behind the image. (Please click title links for full size and additional info)
And my own work open for interpretation: ‘One for Sorrow‘ Oil & pencil.
Did you guess the books/movie linked with the artwork mentioned in the beginning?
‘House by the Railroad’ 1925 by Edward Hopper is said to have inspired the Bates house in Psycho.
‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ 1665 by Johannes Vermeer inspired the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier and was later turned into a film.
‘The Goldfinch’ 1654 by Carel Fabritius inspired the book of the same name by Donna Tartt.