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The Psychopomp

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Oil Panting on Canvas
Psycho pomp = Soul Bearer
One of my favorite paintings..
As I already stated surrealism gives complete freedom on the interpretation of the content of every surreal work of Art...
But as I've seen that some spectators wish to have an interpretation of the creator, I give a reading of this painting, keeping for myself every right to change it..
And of course, I accept every reading of the spectators as equally true and valid...
An old man sits and reads his newspaper while the day is ending... He ignores that all life is passing in front of him, from the wild horses of youth (now a memory toy) to the sad beauty that passes him by...In front of him are an edifice real and fantastic at the same time... A church is on the background welcoming and uninviting at the same time... A giant butterfly, the soul bearer ( The psycho pomp ) is sitting on his head, preparing to take flight... All this the old man ignores preferring the news of others, reading his newspaper...
Two things in favor of this interpretation:
1) The panic or repulsion this image produced on some elderly spectators (one of them wanted to buy it, if I could paint off the butterfly)
2) The final buyer was a psychoanalyst...
Tassos Kouris
Dedicated to the new mods of :iconthe-surreal-arts:, that is :iconhomebass:, :iconcades2k4: and :icongromyko:

EDIT New higher Quality image without digital noise 12 Nov 2007P.S.
In order to remove the ugly watermarks, that are marring the image, I have to make the following declaration... Please read carefully....

Image is copyrighted by the maker, Tassos Kouris
Every use and reproduction is forbidden, without my prior written permission...
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FoolSightBlind's avatar
Love the painting,and the description, I would add that the old man's disregard is equally prevalent in the young :)
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
Tassos
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The pleasure is mine!
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ArcangeloMellotronHobbyist General Artist
PS: I see you read the butterfly to be the psychopomp. In my personal reading, from my dream, I haven't seen the old man and the butterfly; only a group of individuals, very similar to the woman with the horse head, and all of them were "the psychopomps". It looked like some sort of an assembly-
thanx again for the wonderful works...
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
ancora grazie!!!! Grande piacere!!!
Tassos
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ArcangeloMellotronHobbyist General Artist
Hi, really great and fine art.
I love your techniques, and moreover this painting reminds me of a dream I had a few days ago: not only there was the SAME woman, in the same place, with the same horse head on wheels... but in my dream those were the "psychopomps" too.

Great connection, I'll watch your art with pleasure!
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!! And remember that most of my ideas have as source my dreams.... I imagine your surprise when you show the painting...
Grazie!!!!
Tassos
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ArcangeloMellotronHobbyist General Artist
grazie a te per la tua bella arte :)

And yes I showed the painting to my boyfriend after telling him about the psychopomp dream and he was like... O_O
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Simply misty.

And, if you don't mind me asking, how can you interpret this piece like that? I mean, whenever I look at a piece of art, I always think to myself and try to figure it out, but I could never go to details. So how can you interpret this in such detail?
Anubis1240's avatar
what an un-free horse :(
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mimikascraftroom Digital Artist
What a great artist you are Tasso!! You have a great, brilliant mind!!!!:heart:
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wow, truly amazing :D
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
Really thank you!!!
:bow::bow::bow:
Tassos
dimitriskats's avatar
Very nice work!
Εξαιρετικό :)
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
Ευχαριστώ!!!!!
Τάσος
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I just love this. Many people just sit back and watch as life passess them by. Most think that life is a spectater sport and live it through those around them or in their own little dream world. Very lovely piece.
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks dear friend!!!!
:bow:
Tassos
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ChrissieCoolHobbyist Digital Artist
Featured you here [link] :hug:
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
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it's like the pretty things are disappearing around him, and he doesn't even care... nice concept...
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AnnaKirsten General Artist
Yes, I'm not surprised this was bought by a psychoanalyst - and I wonder how he has analysed your own character!!!! :)

It's such an excellent piece, Tassos! Your interpretation is excellent. I'd go a little further and suggest that the butterfly (soul-bearer) is actually something constantly on the man's mind, but it's also consistently repressed by his very actions. It suggests someone who is shallow in his thinking. He is also an almost exact replica of the actor, Richard Wilson!!!!!

The woman, brings along her favourite toy, hoping to gain his attention. She is lonely and a people-pleaser in her desire to get such attention, hence the fact that rather than reveal the fact that the hobby-horse is actually a poodle (knowing many people are repelled by that particular breed), she shows it off as whatever the observer might like it to be! It could be an Alsatian, or it could even actually represent her particular interest in life, from politics to art, from philosophy to merely enjoying lazing around on sunny beaches. Whatever it is, it will become whatever the other person would like it to be, so that she is immediately acceptable to them.

The church.. Well religion is represented in so many forms, and is perhaps the foundation of man's many thoughts on "why do we exist". The fact that it is unwelcoming is very true of many orthodox belief-systems, and is also true of man's natural desire to opt out of personal responsibility for his actions, so he ignores it.

The orderliness and symmetry of the rest of the scene suggests a desire for tidiness - everything in its proper place, measured so to speak with each move that's made (like a game of chess). It also suggests a fastidious state of mind of the creator of the image! Hahaa!
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anubisProfessional Traditional Artist
Wow, my Anna, THAT was quite a wonderful analysis!!! From the chameleon woman, to the meaning of the church that is a scenario that can explain many things in the painting!!! As for my fastidious state of mind, I would like to state something that Dali wrote once, in my own words, of course.... "There are painters who are painting as if they are drunks, without inhibitions, doing things to a canvas only a drunk man will do... Me, I am drunk with the austerity of the straight line, with executing the painting with all the rules of the art!!!" I belong, as you diagnosed, to the second school, but I reserve for myself the spontaneity of the first inspiration... From then on, I follow all the rules of the Art (Le metier)...As for the explanation, Surrealism gives complete freedom to the spectators on the explanation of every image... Love you, my Anna :heart:Tassos
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AnnaKirsten General Artist
Believe me I had great fun making that analysis! I thought the last sentence would make you laugh! :nod:

Sometimes I see a huge amount in a picture, other times not a lot! That too, can depend on my own state of mind at the time no doubt!

:hug:ssss to you my friend! (I'm uploading very little as I'm doing traditional miniatures right now, and it's time-consuming to say the least. One does have to be very fastidious in such work too - and normally if I can get away with something I will. As you rightly say, "Chameleon Woman"!!!!!

Oh and I'm also trying to find a suitable site to which to upload some of my own music (composed and played by me, recorded a few years back now, but still greatly used here in the UK for meditational purposes.)
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