As I go around the gallery

These great works of art

Take me into a different world,

To many different worlds,

Where each artist shows me,

Shows me and leads me

Into their minds, hearts and souls.

I stand in front of their pictures

Sometimes wondering,

Wondering why they painted,

Painted that artwork.

A question that is never answered

But leaves me in wonder

As I look into their minds

Shown on each painting.

Why did they become an artist?

What drew them into this world?

A world that intrigues me so much.

Maybe it was as Van Gogh said,

“Maybe God made me a painter

For people who aren’t born yet”,

If so it has shown me a world

Where each painting takes me away,

Away from myself,

Into the world of their being.





“Maybe God made me a painter for people who aren't born yet” -Vincent Van Gogh

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: April 5th, 2021 01:08
  • Comment from author about the poem: Music takes me into a different world as many of you know - so does artwork.
  • Category: Reflection
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  • orchidee

    Good write Gold.

  • Michael Edwards

    Sadly folk don't look at paintings. How often in a gallery do you see people walking round and never stopping to actually take in and enjoy what is in front of them. I guess most have a closed (I know what I like mentality) and aren't prepared to consider anything that falls beyond their narrow remit. A sort of Trump mentality.

    • Goldfinch60

      So true Michael, there is a painting in the Ashmolean by William Holman Hunt "A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Priest from the Persecution of the Druids" that I have spent hours in front of and I can always find something new in it every time I see it.
      Jilly Oxlade-Arnott had an exhibition at Croom Court a couple of years ago in a relatively small room and there were maybe 20 artworks in there and I spent many minutes on front of them and during that time of maybe an hour nobody else stopped to look at them, they just glanced as they walked round. Some people just do not look.


    • Makoto Maruyama

      Well writing, I feel your impression from fine art.

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Makoto, art is important to me to see.


      • Accidental Poet

        Inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources. Just as we poets are inspired from so many different things. I would agree with you that looking at a painter's work would make me stop to ponder where his inspiration for the work came from and how he goes about transferring what's in his mind onto the canvas. Excellent write Andy.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you AP, so very true.


        • John Prophet

          Hi Andy,
          Van Gogh is by far my favorite... Great poem!

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you John, much appreciated.


          • L. B. Mek

            a great dedication Andy, with meaningful commentary on generationally inherited consequence of capitalism's rat-race mentality, where consumption of ease with speed, is prioritised above actual quality of 'what' we consume and much more importantly: 'why'?..
            historically, society overtly worshiped art and creativity, now in this age where everything must be reduced to insignificance if it doesn't fit with that 'Netflix and chill' mentality, we all have greater access to masterpieces and we simply ignore it, diminishing genius to one-eared craziness to fit a narrative of dismissal for legacy's we can't surpass..
            even those few with enough culture and opportunity to appreciate, bring their baggage of stereotyped prejudice and choose to see 'what they've been told' rather than witnessing and appreciating the skill and beauty that's survived centuries, I mean devoid of context who can argue the breath-taking talent of Caravaggio's brilliance? such a waste

            • Goldfinch60

              So very true Mek, Caravaggio's work is so wonderful, I have seen some of it in real life and it is amazing.
              Thank you for your thoughtful works my friend.


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