Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Art and Beauty Tuesday--Van der Windt

This painting is called A Peasant at Work in his Vegetable Garden by Chris Van der Windt.

It first struck me that you can hardly see the man in the painting at all and I think this may be purposeful.  What we notice in this painting is the barren landscape and the dilapidated buildings before we notice the gardener.  And yet, the title...

Man has toiled and labored since the dawn of time, against all odds and in near hopeless conditions.  Yet, he continues to labor and to hope that Spring will come.


TACParent said...

Interesting painting. To me it says we must continue our hard work even in times of struggle. The garden must be tended (both symbolically and literally) routinely.

Dymphna said...

I like that. So very true. We go on in relationships, with our spouse, with our children and with God, tending the garden even in times of drought.

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