Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Art and Beauty Tuesday


Today's Art and Beauty Tuesday is a bit of a departure in that it is a black and white photo and not a painting. This is dancer Eda Squire-Brown leaving her bombed home on the day of her wedding during World War II.

I decided to post this picture to accompany yesterday's 7th Symphony by Beethoven, which was played during the climactic scene of The King's Speech, set during the advent of the war.

This photograph shows the beauty of the human spirit, where people continue to marry and have families even during the darkest of historical times, in the hope and knowledge that things will improve and that life is worth living. The generation who came of age during World War II showed a remarkable resiliency of spirit and are a model for us all.

8 comments:

TACParent said...

Everyone in the picture is smiling, despite the disarray that surrounds them. They recognize that this day, the Wedding Day, is a day of celebration and a new beginning.

Dymphna said...

It shows such hope.

Michele said...

it does show hope. i tend to think of the soldiers overseas now who are tired of war and want to come home. i think humans truly need a break from all wars. there is no need for war. we need peace, and we need to learn to live in peace as a human family. but as long as people don't learn to love one another, then there will always be conflict amongst man.

Dymphna said...

I totally agree, Michele! Sadly, the current crop of soldiers are doing 4-5 tours of duty in war zones and suicide rates are way up among the military. It is time we stop using war for some twisted economic or political gain.

RAnn said...

Love the photo

kathleenbasi.com said...

That is a great photo. What a day that must be in the family's memory! I hope it's a story that's been passed down through the generations.

Barbara said...

A wonderful photo and an excellent post. My parents (RIP)got married in 1944 when my dad was serving in the army. Duty and honor were hallmarks of that generation - and determination not to let the war get them down.

Dymphna said...

Absolutely!

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