Image: Van Gogh: Cafe Terrace

Van Gogh: Cafe Terrace

Van Gogh: Cafe Terrace

I couldn’t bring myself to classify this as “religious art” as it’s clearly not on any obvious religious theme. Nor is it “mythic art” for similar reasons. So then … is it “secular” art? No, not on my “reading” or viewing. This is a deeply religious painting but I can’t exactly explain why. It has something to do with the play of light in the foreground and the stars in the heavens in the background. It has something to do with beauty and enchantment. At the end of the day (or the comment post), it is a “something” to which only silence does justice.

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One thought on “Image: Van Gogh: Cafe Terrace

  1. I couldn’t bring myself to classify this as “religious art” as it’s clearly not on any obvious religious theme. Nor is it “mythic art” for similar reasons. So then … is it “secular” art? No, not on my “reading” or viewing. This is a deeply religious painting but I can’t exactly explain why. It has something to do with the play of light in the foreground and the stars in the heavens in the background. It has something to do with beauty and enchantment. At the end of the day (or the comment post), it is a “something” to which only silence does justice.

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