Romantic love can be dangerous thing. Dangerous for the heart, that is. It has the potential to reduce the strongest of us to a mere shell of a human being. C.S. Lewis explained this well. In The Four Loves, he wrote, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” This is but one point of view that helps us remember what a great risk it is to love another.
Everyone is vulnerable to being hurt by love…especially artists. Why? Because artists tend to feel emotions on a deeper level than the average Joe. However, these individuals are equally vulnerable to the joys of love.
Artistic sensitivity plus Eros equals either ecstasy or misery. An art exhibition aptly titled Artists and Lovers, which is taking place at London’s Ordovas Gallery until October 29th, 2016, is paying homage to the love experiences that famous artists had with one another, whether good, bad, or a combination of both.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Rocky Relationship Is Remembered
One of the couples honored at Artists and Lovers is Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This famed couple married in the late 1920’s, divorced 10 years later, and proceeded to marry one another again. Theirs must have been a relationship that was as torturous as it was passionate. The exhibition features a self-portrait of Kahlo and a photograph of Rivera from around 1940.
Remnants of Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell’s Love Story Displayed at Art Exhibition
Are you familiar with Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell’s love story? Yayoi met Joseph, who was almost 30 years older than her, at the beginning of her art career in New York. According to Amah-Rose Abrams, “Kusama described their relationship as passionate and platonic and when Cornell passed away in 1972, Kusama created a series of works in tribute to him, including Hat (1962), which are on view with Cornell’s Soap Bubble Set (1948).”
Lee Krasner Helped Lover Jackson Pollock Find Success
The best love is the kind that helps us live up to our full potential. This is the type of love that was shared by Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. Krasner helped Pollock develop his artistic style. They met in 1936, were married in 1945, and remained married until they were parted by Pollock’s death in 1956. Some of their works of art are currently on display in the love-themed art exhibit in London.
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