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Light Itself Was Her First Love

The title for this painting comes from a passage in C.S. Lewis’ book “The Great Divorce”.

“When you painted on earth – at least in your earlier days – it was because you caught glimpses of heaven in the earthly landscape.  The success of your painting was that it enabled others to see the glimpses too.  But here you are having the thing itself…  If you are interested in the country only for the sake of painting it, you’ll never learn to see the country.”

“But that’s just how a real artist is interested in the country.”

“No.  You’re forgetting.  That’s not how you began.  Light itself was your first love: you loved paint only as a means of telling about the light.”

 C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

The symbols in the background of this painting are letters from Hebrew words for light, translations are -“illumination, wisdom, transparent, bright, full of light, light of joy and happiness, luminousness, light of life, daylight”.

 

Light Itself was Her First Love

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