linking to the radiant Rebecca
Can’t We Dream?
(my paraphrase of part of the article
in the May 2013 issue of “Magnificat”
by Pierre-Marie Dumont)
Guillaume Dubufe was a master in Symbolism
at the turn of the 20th century.
Symbolism developed as a poetic and spiritual reaction
against materialism, positivism and rationalism.
These isms were trying to drown out art
by demolishing all sense of the sacred.
French poets Baudelaire, Verlaine and Mallarme,
fathers of Symbolism, predicted that materialism
would dissolve all ties that provide reasons to live,
that is vertical ties uniting us to God
and horizontal ties uniting us among ourselves.
Ever since the Middle Ages,
art has been a reflection of society’s soul.
In present times with the world’s soul being lost,
it is thought that
art can only survive by battling this society
so driven by materialism.
“Thus, in this House of the Virgin,
the vibrations of a white, diaphanous light suffuses the painting
like an image out of a dream,
an image wherein all is a mystery waiting to be revealed:’’
To dare utter your praises we need it all,
O virgin Mary, O Mary Immaculate,
White through the wing beats of angels,
you who set your feet upon our consoled earth.
More detail about Pierre-Marie Dumont can be found at this site:
Art prints of work by Guillaume Dubufe can be found at this site.