Art and Heartfuless

This photograph which I took a few days ago brings me to Claude Monet and from him to Dad.

See, it was during Summertime when I was 7 or 8 that Dad first introduced me to The National Art Gallery in Dublin. We used to swap houses with his sister, who lived in Dublin, and that was when we tended to visit places that Mother and Father loved.

It was Dad who was into art galleries and I adored going to them with him. Whenever he came to Dublin in the years that I lived there we would head for The National Gallery, view the art and then dine at leisure and chat contentedly.

He loved that he had passed on his enjoyment of art to me and could more than understand how I savoured going on guided Gallery tours on Sunday afternoons and taking a year long evening course in art history.

Every New Year’s Day for years and years, I gave him an Impressionist calendar which had its special place in his bolt hole.

How can one ever thank a parent enough for sowing the seeds of love for such precious things as creative arts and sport?

I guess one way is to try and pass on the love to future generations in a non-pushy way and hope that it will take root.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

17 thoughts on “Art and Heartfuless”

  1. I enjoyed this beautiful picture and loving story of your relationship with your father, and your love of art. I suspect you have done your best to pass it on.

  2. Sometimes a parent instills something on to their children or another family member because of their appreciation ..I was amazed at my own grandchildren showing interest in gardening, antiques and collectibles, cooking, and bird watching. Our love just spills over and children are adept at picking these admirations up..Your love for the arts was inspired by your Dad. I too am an Art lover and have had jobs relating to the Arts in the past…

  3. Dear Jean,
    thank you for reminding me to thank my mother who took me to galleries from an early age on. I still visiting galleries and my sister became an art collector and specialist for modern art at one of leading museums for modern art (Museum Ludwig/Cologne).
    Your photograph is very Monet-ish πŸ‘
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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