Peter Paul Rubens’ Landscape with a Rainbow: An Understanding of the Solar Plexus on Earth

The Land of Swar and the Seven-Headed ThoughtIn this Rubens’ landscape, the one single thing that fills the space is not the human figures or the animals or the bridge, the architecture, the mountains behind, but the fall of light and also the shadows it creates with these objects and the mystic warmth that brings out the subjective languidness of this pastoral setting. The arch of the rainbow is the instance of the plexus of the sun, one that has a physical presence and also a metaphysical and spiritual one. Here’s Rubens’ artistic process and his art is a true surrender- a Vedic sacrifice a la Rishi Angiras to recover the solar world or the Swar from the darkness and the falsehood. Its the recovery of the truth from the abode of death and negation, that is exemplified in one of the best baroque landscapes in the history of art by Rubens. Art appreciation and art criticism has to evolve as I explained in my other articles, because there is one thing constant and that’s the evolution of human consciousness towards a more perfect understanding of the works of man and his existence.

The Landscape with a Rainbow (1630-1635), Peter Paul Rubens, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, Art Lover, Writer & Consultant.


Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus: The Creative Transformative Force in the Cosmos

Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is a classical symbol of art and purity. Botticelli illuminates the birth of Venus from the ocean which also is the birth of humanity and it’s classical eloquence expressed in art, poetry, music, science and architecture. Venus throws the light on dark, ignorant matter and starts the inner psychic process of creative ideation. Thus her descent starts the process of earthly transformation and simultaneous ascent into higher-levels of cosmic existence.  Venus, here, is not only a symbol of love, but the light the world-mother brings to nurture the children born to her as she is the sole guiding force and the guardian of truth.

The Birth of Venus (c. 1485),  by Sandro  BOTTICELLI, now present at Galleria Degli Uffizi, Florence.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, Art Lover, Writer, Consultant.


LEONARDO Da Vinci’s Emblem of Beauty & Peace: La Scapigliata

An Emblem of Peace

La Scapigliata

A face that embodies true beauty is the also the face of truth. What Da Vinci sees here is the calm, motionless poise of her beauty reflected on her face, on her eyes, and on her subtle smile. This mystic adherence to the laws of harmony of the inner being is what stands this painting as exclusive and different. An artist who has reached an inner cognition is capable of such a work – the work of the divine as man on earth.  And in the words of Sri Aurobindo: ” Beauty shall walk celestial on the earth,/Delight shall sleep in the cloud-net of her hair,/And in her body as on his homing tree/ Immortal Love shall beat his glorious wings”. (Savitri, Book III, Canto IV).

It is the immortal love that has beat his glorious wings in the body and the mind, the true source of inspiration for all great artists and their art.

Female Head (1508) by LEONARDO Da Vinci, Galleria Nazionale, Parma, Italy.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, Art Lover, Writer, Consultant.


Van Gogh’s Sunflower: The New Evolutive Meaning of Great Art and Sustainability

Ode to Immortality

The Subtle Balance in Nature

“There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn’t spoil the sky, or the rain or the land”.~Sir Paul McCartney

Art history have so far dealt with the background of the artist, the style of the painting and its value, the history of the painting itself and other fascinating facets that make art-lovers, art promoters , researchers spend their time visiting the galleries and museums for an insight into these facts. But all that is too little that the whole history of art offers to its audience.  Lets take the example of this famous painting by the Dutch impressionistic painter Vincent Van Gogh. This was painted in Arles, France in August 1888 and Van Gogh must have been inspired by the simple beauty of these flowers on two aspects: the life-force and death that constantly negate the beauty of life and its immortality. More than philosophy, what art stands for here is a spiritual balance and its manifestation that can harmonize all that is inconscient in matter. The drooping flowers and the bright ones are at once the symbols of nature’s subtle balance to keep the system in equilibrium. And this equilibrium affects not only our own body-mind, it also helps us keep a clean slate to receive the light and knowledge. That is all what great art aspires for- to shed light and more light. And its not simply the light of knowledge – but as explained in Vedas, its the “ritam jyotih”, the light of ‘right knowledge’ that can bring ‘transformation’ within, in the mind and the body. It’s the new evolving consciousness of Van Gogh’s sunflowers that can bring a positive change in us and in the world, if only, we give our consent and aspire for the change.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, Art Lover, Writer & Consultant.




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Folk-Art Narratives from India and Eastern Europe by Katia Peshakova

9th April, 2010: “Feet, What do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”- Frida Kahlo, Mexican Painter (1907-1954). Folk-Art, as it is, has major influence upon the modern painter (post-modern painter) who is also a backpacker, a traveller and a tourist in her own city. And this city is now a big city as it embraces the culture of continents, this city is the world city beyond the walls of the mind, language and culture.  Only art can bring out, the justification for existence, it can do so freely like music or poetry. What struck me so sublime, is that most of Katia’s paintings are based on the life of common-folk but seen with an eye of an anthropologist/poet and the colours are bright and breathing. They are no more violent and bold like Frieda Kahlo’s folk-myths but more simple, direct and peasant-like. Interestingly, when she paints Indian myths from the Krishna fable, she keeps the essential iconography intact but the new perspective of colours render a freshness of the season to the canvas.
Take a look and judge for yourself.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, ArtCritic, Writer, Communication Consultant & Art Lover


Art for Changing Consciousness & for Transformation

9th April, 2010. Sri Aurobindo had talked about a change of earthly consciousness by a complete descent of the supramental light. At an individual level, one can ascend from the pure physical to the psychic  through to the superconscient realm. An art or music can truly play an important part in this- to bring about changes at the microsmic level (i.e. with the individual unit) and the macrocosmic level (i.e  earth and other planets).

Recently had the chance to see some ideations and works of Italian artist Piercarla Garusi, orginally a mathematician from University of Parma, now, turned a professional certified coach and artist. Life experiences help to bring out the Art that Heals, wider experiences communicate more with the heart to implant the seeds of change. Interesting concept, revealing strength to create the bond and harmony.

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– Joy Roy Choudhury, Consultant, Art Critic and Writer.

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