The scuplture ..She who used to be the beautiful heaulmière .. by Rodin
That is a fantastic scupture .. its honest and forthright and makes you wonder what was in the artists head when he created it.
As Robert Heinlein enthused in his award winning novel Stranger In A Strange Land.
“Anyone can see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be. A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is . . . and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be . . . more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo see that this lovely young girl is still alive, prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart . . .
I made a point of going to see the original sculpture in the Rodin Museum when I was visting Paris, but I would never have fully appreciated it unless I’d read Stranger In A Strange Land.
I love that section in the book, the appreciation of beauty. It has lived with me since I first read it when I was 20 on holiday in Torquay, white Scottish skin burned like toast on the first day of red-hot English Riviera sunshine.
Let me say this .. you are beautiful .. you will always be beautiful.
( Cue song from whats-her-face .. you are beautiful, no matter what they say )
Your beauty will change over the years, thats life. Its already happening .. happens to us all.
At some point in the future, lying in bed with your lover kneeling above your body still sunkissed from your holidays, your tummy flattened and brown moving in rhythm with his touch as your breathe sharpens to climax.
If he is lucky he will catch a fleeting glimpse of a golden younger you …the beauty that you were when you were 18 and appreciate that you are still that beautiful girl and always will be.
You are beautiful. It shines within you.