Hello dear Toads and pond dwellers. It's me, Fireblossom, with another Fireblossom Friday. Today I want to see if we can find inspiration in the art of "naive" painter Seraphine Louis, or Seraphine de Senlis.
Seraphine was an uneducated, untrained French housecleaner, who believed that her guardian angel had told her to start painting--at the age of 41! Influenced by her faith and by stained glass church windows, and using paints of her own devising, she began painting at night, after cleaning and doing laundry for other people all day.
She was dismissed by her "betters" until a German art critic saw her painting of some apples and bought it. His name was Wilhelm Uhde, and he had discovered both Picasso and Rousseau. He encouraged Seraphine to paint, and she did. Unfortunately, with the outbreak of World War One, Uhde had to leave France and return to Germany. He did not see Seraphine again until 1927.
Throughout the 1920's, Seraphine was prolific. Just when she was making money for the first time in her life, the Great Depression hit and the market for art dried up. By 1932, she had been admitted to Clermont Lunatic sylum, where she lived out her days and never painted again, saying her art was "gone in the night." She died in 1942.
Today's challenge is to look at her art and be inspired by it. Alternate subjects could be these: write about the thin line between genius and madness, or the difficulty of creating art while needing to support one's self, or write about following a calling despite all obstacles, because one must.