One of the most obscure mysteries in the world of art is what is the source of masters’ inspiration? Artists create such powerful masterpieces that it seems impossible for a human being even to think of such an idea. Behind the scenes, somewhere in the shade of the greatest figures some images are hardly visible – these images are muses, real persons or imagined phantoms who inspire the artists to create new universes.
If you look at the history of creation of works of literature and painting, you will see that there is almost always a woman who gave the artist this particular idea, who was beside him while he was working at the realization of his plan. Let’s take, for example, one of the most extraordinary characters in the world of painting – Salvador Dali. His name is inseparable from the name of his beloved woman, his muse and his inspiration – Gala. She became an image on lots of his pictures; her love and passion guided the artist through life and gave him strength and energy to bring his vivid dreams to the pictures.
Another outstanding figure I want to mention is William Shakespeare. It is not known for sure whether he had a muse, but in my opinion it is unlikely that he has created such passionate sonnets and plays without bearing some female image in his heart. Some researchers think that there was a mysterious Dark Lady, a prototype of Emilia Lanier or Mary Fitton. The only thing which is known for certain is that this woman had dark hair and dark seductive eyes which might inspire the author to fill his poems with passion and lust.
I am sure that for most of you the favorite book in childhood was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. But not all of you know that there was a girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write this world-famous story. Her name was Alice Lidell and she was a daughter of the Lidells with whom Carroll made friends.
When I see the picture or read a book I think not only of the author’s talent but also of the woman who stands behind this or that creation. I winder what she looked like and what was so unique in her that she could inspire an artist to make such wonderful masterpiece. That’s why I read the biographies of the artists trying to find the hint of this woman in them. After making my own research I defined a few features which these female muses have in common. If you want to become a muse yourself, you may find them interesting.
One particular feature of muses is that they do not give direct advice, they just present in the life of an artist and listen to his crazy ideas and agree with them silently. Muses should give the feeling of confidence. The main point is that they believe in their artists and the artists start to believe in their talent themselves. The role of muse is to stay in the darkness, but she will never be forgotten thanks to the creations of her artist.