|Art I Heart|
Share the art you love from your walls, a birthday card, what your child drew at school, that you saw in The National Gallery in London...
1. Choose one piece of art that has a short personal story behind it. It could be something on your wall, something you've seen in a gallery and love, homedrawn, on a postcard, on a birthday card, something by Degas or something by your DS.
2. Take a photograph, scan or download a picture of your picture and post it along with the short story about why you are drawn to it, have it on your wall, bought it, or hate it. Don't forget to link back to the linky so your readers can see the other entries.
3. Link up (it's open till next Thursday, 4pm GMT), leave a comment, et voila!
My Grandfather had an enormous square diningroom table that you could expand using a crank to unwind the screws that held it together. The legs are on castors and with the two extra leaves added, it can seat up to 14 people. He bought it second-hand probably in the 1930s but definitely had it by the 1950s. For as long as I knew it in his house, it had this painting of Rabbis Learning hanging above it. When Grandpa died and his wife moved to a small flat, we inheritted the table. My Aunt had no room for the table in her house but she wanted the painting. Without hesitation my mother informed her (with the necessary authoritative tone of voice) that the picture goes with the table. Funnily enough, when my parents down-sized and had no room for the table, my mother had no difficulty in separating the table (which went to my sister) and the painting (which they kept).
The picture itself is apparently quite famous with numerous reproductions in varying compositions and with varying backgrounds. Ours is signed but I'm sure it is not the original. It's also difficult to see exactly what the signature is: S. Leyon? Leijons? Lejons? Leyons? I've googled it and found other reproductions of the same painting but no information about the original. If anyone can help me on this I'd be very grateful.
Grandpa used to tell me a whole story about what each of the rabbis was thinking and saying - with voices for each character. If I were to choose a painting that most reminds me of my childhood, this would be the one.