Van Gogh and Picasso

"Van Gogh" by Chip Ghigna
Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"



A Villanelle for Van Gogh

You saw beyond the blue that filled your eye
And like a child lost in evening prayer,
You brushed against the stars as you passed by.

You spun nocturnal truths out of the sky
In waves of rolling flame upon the air.
You saw beyond the blue that filled your eye.

Your steeple still transcends the hills that try
To touch the golden dreams that held you there.
You brushed against the stars as you passed by.

You searched the other side where shadows lie
In swirling pools of night upon your stare.
You saw beyond the blue that filled your eye.

But Theo and Gachet could only try
To pull you from the depths of your own glare.
You brushed against the stars as you passed by.

Your final stroke fell on a canvas sky
Where dreams once prayed upon the evening air.
You saw beyond the blue that filled your eye.
You brushed against the stars as you passed by.


from The Artist's Magazine ©Charles Ghigna


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"Pablo Picasso" by Chip Ghigna
Acrylic on canvas, 14"x11"



Couplets for Picasso

You carried your world in a cubist cage.
You painted its bars with passion and rage.

And when you were lonely with nothing to do,
You stripped all the bars and painted them blue.

Hanging your soul for the life of your sister
In memory’s museum to show how you missed her,

You painted Conchita, the Devil and Christ,
Your trinity set for one blessed price.

You painted and paid for your premature guilt
Till your reds and your greens grew into a quilt

Of beggars and clowns and self-portraits, too,
All without color, except bitter blue.

Your fragmented world was coming undone
And painting to you was no longer fun.

You crawled in your cage and pulled it apart
And beat it back with a broken heart.

And when your rage had painted you,
Your cubist cage was finally through.


from The Artist’s Magazine ©Charles Ghigna


19 comments:

  1. Hi, Charles. What vibrant portraits -- both the paintings and the poems. I especially loved the repeating lines you chose for "A Vilanelle for Van Gogh."

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    1. Thank you! I always enjoy reading you too!

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  2. the van gogh poem is great- he had more yellow than blue in his eye- i think- colors are nice too- fauve- marc, nolde, who else-gauguin- i prefer poems w colors in them- wallace stevens expecially painterly- altho his prose on art is incomprehensible

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    1. between the choose a profile and the insanely difficult capcha, it will b amazing if you get any comments!!

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  3. What fabulous poems and art!! Brava!

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    1. Thanks, Jama! Debra and I were thinking of you during our family feast at Thanksgiving. We had a house full with children and grandchildren. Debra made four pies, three pumpkin and one pecan. Our delicious turkey wasn't the only one who was stuffed.

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  4. Wow! Both poems and paintings are exquisite! <3

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Enjoyed your sweet Tweet too. ;-)

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  5. I assume these are responses to Chip's paintings & how beautifully you wrote them, repeating the colors, including parts of the lives. I enjoyed both, and that rhythm of the villanelle is haunting.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I appreciate your haunting comment.

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  6. Beautiful poetry and art create an atmosphere of rhythmic creativity. I love to combine poetry to art and have just published a book of my father's drawings and my poetry. They feed each other well.

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  7. Thanks, Margaret. Congrats on your new book!

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  8. Loved the poetry...and the gorgeous paintings!

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    1. Thanks, Tara. Always enjoy visiting your Teaching Life.

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  9. Always happy to enjoy these father/son creative adventures. LOVE the villanelle - such a wonderful form and hard to pull off!

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  10. Thanks, Robyn. Always enjoy visiting your site and reading your good work, your good words.

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  11. Thanks, Ruth. May 2014 bring you much love and inspiration!

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