IN LOVE

Portrait of a Couple by Rembrandt

HAIBUN

This portrait of Isaac and Rebecca, also revered as ‘The Jewish Bride,’ was painted by Rembrandt in 1665.

Vincent van Gogh, near the end of his life, admired this painting of love so much that he said:

“I should be happy to give 10 years of my life, if I could go on sitting here in front of this picture for a fortnight with only a crust of dry bread for food.”

Some art reviewers surmise Vincent fell in love with this adoring couple for the lack of love he felt in his own life.

Rembrandt’s brilliant draftsmanship painted the flesh of the couple’s affections through the touches of their hands on each other; Issac’s hand over hers over her heart.  Their attires voluptuously laden with rich layers and vibrant colors.   It’s no wonder that Vincent fell in love with ‘The Jewish Bride.”

HAIKU

LOVE IS SO GENTLE

LOVE GUARDING MAN’S MORTALITY

LOVE TOUCHING TO THE BONE

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“Our union with Christ unifies affections and wills.”

Saint Cyprian of Carthage