Joan Miro “The Bull Fight”
“The picture should be fecund. It must bring a world to birth.”
Joan Miro wrestles with sculpture
I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.
Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and human archetypes.
We are now in the time of Taurus (April 21 – May 21). They are symbolized by the bull, a summation of their temperament: a powerful beast, earthy, persistent, often placid, but capable of being provoked into an element rage.
- Down to earth
- Self Indulgent
Can you see the Taurus personality reflected in the work and words of these artists?
Bridget Riley “Movement in Squares”
“It seems the deeper, truer personality of the artist only emerges in the making of decisions… in refusing and accepting, changing and revising.”
Bridget Riley at work, 1963
Salvador Dali “The Old Age of William Tell”
“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.”
Keith Haring “Untitled”
“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw… Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”
Keith Haring, at one with his work
Willem de Kooning “Woman with Bicycle”
“I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.”
-Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning takes a smoke break