Final Mystery of Art

The geniuses of art are people whose internal universe presents an unsolved mystery of the art world. They share with us their views and ideas through their works, but it is not always easy to follow the path of their inspiration and understand the key note of their art. That’s why such thorough attention is paid to the last works of great masters – people try to find the answer to all questions which have arisen from the creations of the artist. Some of the last works are finished, some are not. Some of them provide the answers and some confuses the mind even to a greater extent. However, the last works of artists appear to be closer to the solution of the mystery of art than anything else.

Salvador Dali is one of the most mysterious artists. The twists of his imagination just touch the conscious mind and go further to the subconscious level of perception. His surrealistic motives appeal to the depth of human soul and it is impossible to say why his works produce such strange effect. The last series of Dali’s paintings was devoted to the dynamic math. His very last work was created in 1983 and titled “The Swallow’s Tail”. This work reveals the idea of catastrophe theory combined with unexpected changes of mathematical equations. His last work is as mysterious as all his creations. However, it changes from the earlier surrealistic images as during his last years Dali tended to study the laws of the universe through the prism of math. May be he wanted to show that the world has strict pattern no matter what absurd forms may be found there.

Claude Monet, the founder of French impressionism, is one of my favorite painters. He was a master of transferring impressions to the paper; he made such invisible substances like feelings, emotions, the sunrise of inspiration material and touchable. It is always hard to capture the solid image of his pictures as the colors and the image itself seem to fade away. His last works present a collection of water lilies paintings. The choice of landscape looks pretty banal, but I think it was done with purpose. During his last years Monet made an artificial pond in hi garden and grew the water lilies himself. When the natural image for his paintings was ready he started to work, not on the shore of this pod, but in the house, where he could not see the image he was painting and had to reproduce it by memory. Such complications served the one purpose – to show nothingness of the image, to explain that we are surrounded with emptiness and only our perception adds life to non-existing world. To find evidence of this theory you may perform an experiment – try to look at one of Monet’s last paintings for some time and focus on some object, spot or shade you see in front of you. You will feel that this seemingly easy task is very difficult to perform as the whole image fades away and sinks like sand between your fingers.

I always pay attention to the last works of great artists. They seem to solve the mystery of the universe, but they speak the language only a few can understand, though the last creations seem to speak a bit clearer.

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