A Note on LET US HIDE IN A BLUE HOUSE
by Valentin Lustig
This attempt to explain my painting will make it quite easily readable as the illustration of a certain thought, but as always in such cases caution should be taken: this thought, in its present, clear-cut form, is the result of discussions I had with visitors
Not only our Fox-Prospero, almost everybody is gazing in the same direction, they all seem to want the same thing, to be united by a secret CONSENSUS about what the object of their desire should be, and this is the Blue House visible in the foreground.
The Blue House is ... Happiness. (A friend of mine told me once: ‘Happiness has somehow to do with Love, and Love needs a house in order to unfold.’)
And yet happiness is out of their reach, just as it is out of the reach of anybody else around – the dancers, the elder couple, etc. – because the Blue House is much too small, nobody can possibly fit into it.
Could it be that they (and even their magician) are all wrong?
Could it be that after all THIS one is not the right, the true Blue House?
- The painting's title talks about A Blue House, but a second, identical Blue House is visible in the distance. It is smaller yes, its entrance-door is also closed, but compared to its surroundings it is better proportioned, it is at least usable. Is THAT Blue House the real thing, in other words: is Happiness possible and is it only our fault if confused, misled by conventions and conformism we pursue Happiness in the wrong direction?
America’s Founding Fathers, wise and clever as they were, did NOT proclaim in their famous list of self-evident truths each and every human being's right to DEFINE for himself or for others what Happiness is, but only the right to pursue it.
Only she has the choice.
Difficult decision making does provoke loneliness.
- Behind the girl a couple of snails is slowly advancing towards the second Blue House.
Only these two snails, nobody else.
They both carry the burden of their past upon their backs.
They are experienced, they are skeptical.
This gives them the strength to follow their own path and ignore the opinion of the multitude. They have a real chance to find their Blue House BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REALLY NEED ONE: as snails they already have houses of their own!