“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
Never before has our family engaged in such vigorous debate of artistic merit. It all started when mom and I went into an odd-lots store intent on replacing a fleece jacket with one in a different size. We left with a jacket that fit — and a remaindered painting.
Of all things.
That would be the milder of the comments inspired by my adding this abstract piece to our living room as an inexpensive winter pick-me-up.
“A step above a horse painted on velvet,” was one opinion. “I see a bouquet of flowers viewed from above,” said another. “The diagonal lines are rather exciting,” was also heard, as was, “Those colors are absolutely garish. And, that gold!”
To make things more complicated, we all agree on one thing. As good or as bad as the painting is, we like it better displayed horizontally, as pictured above, rather than vertically, as the placement of the artist’s signature would suggest was intended.
It seems that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. A good thing to remember when choosing art — and even more important when choosing a life.
It’s true. Opinions vary. What the world around us judges as “pretty” may look hideous in God’s eyes. And, what God finds lovely may seem as unappealing as oils on black velvet to our peers.
In terms of the painting, the worst that can happen is the naysayers will prevail and it will wind up in a less prominent part of the house. Perhaps a dark hallway. In terms of eternity, only one opinion matters. Being put out of God’s sight isn’t a risk worth taking.