“If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, what does your favorite piece of art say about you?”
It’s called “Black Thunder”. It’s by Paul Colin. It features an abstraction of Josephine Baker in her famous topless banana costume from the production Un Vent de Folie (Paris, 1927). It’s my favorite piece of art… and I purchased it as a poster for a mere $20. (Featured above.)
Something about this image spoke to me 13 years ago; and still today, I look at it and feel inspired. It is special to me; so much so that I framed it in an expensive custom Larson-Jules Italian frame and suede double mat.
The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, one day, I attempted to understand on a deeper level the 1,000 words that this piece of art is saying to me and about me. So, in a quiet moment, I took the time to listen. And yes, it echoed back to me more than 1,000 words. I will summarize what I learned about me.
With this piece of art, I am celebrating the woman and her form, nodding to the unconventional and acknowledging an era. I love silhouettes; and I believe that a woman’s silhouette, especially, deserves to be celebrated and understood and to be delighted by its function… its strength… its wonderment. A woman’s grace, her attitude and her spirit are visible through her form. With this piece of art, I am expressing my love of a woman’s silhouette, her rhythm, her movement and her dance. With this piece of art, I am saying “yes” to the abstract, the whimsical and the edgy. With this piece of art, I lend a smile to the colorful and quirky nature of the Lady Josephine. With this piece of art, I show appreciation for Art Deco, my favorite design and fashion movement.
But the biggest voice that I hear when I see this image is the statement of a WOMAN’S COURAGE. This relates to the courage that it took for Josephine, a “colored woman” (as per the time), to dance partially nude in a French theatre production. She helped to pioneer the movement of rebirth for women, for colored folk and for the arts.
“Black Thunder” inspires me. It reflects me. It is my social statement. It is my artistic expression. This one piece of art hangs on my wall as a personal statement of me, for me and about me. Not even one thousand words could be that complete.
I am glad that I understand what this piece of art is saying about me. What is your favorite piece of art saying to you? Take a moment to listen to it. You might be surprised by what those 1,000 words are saying about you. Those words might be exactly what you need to hear today.