“A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” – A painting by George Seurat.
I have always been struck by the scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” when they are in the museum and Cameron stares at this painting as the camera zooms in on his face. You can see the longing in his eyes, and it touched me – I know that longing all too well.
This is a beautiful painting. Here are the different things I see in this image:
- Happiness, relaxation, families together, a simpler time
- Rich people
- I have to wonder, beneath the exterior, how many of these people are miserable underneath. How much is just for show?
And what I realized from this is that my “take” on this piece of art is heavily influenced by the things that have happened to me in my life, by my warped thought process. At first I see happiness, but then I immediately become suspicious. I grew up poor with a twisted family, a family that on the surface appeared happy but underneath, dark secrets ruled. I see this image as haunting, just as I imagine it appeared to Cameron in the movie. To many, you may feel joy when falling into this image; for me, I feel mostly sadness. It makes me feel envy.
We see things based on our own influences and experiences. I am trying to change that and see things from all sides, and I am so good at doing that with other people. But, I am still working on doing it with myself. One step at a time….
What do you see? How does this image make you feel?