суббота, 17 октября 2015 г.

A new acquaintance

New people – new impressions!
As I already mentioned, I like being a realtor because of meeting new people. Once I was dealing with an apartment owned by an old Jewish couple. That was an amazing experience! The design was very different from things I’ve seen before, everything was a bit old-fashioned, but made with love. They told me a lot of interesting things about their culture, especially about the Wailing Wall:

  • This is one of the best-known shrines of Jewish people built many-many years ago. It has seen a lot of governors, and a lot of attitudes towards it.

  • The history of the Western Wall (as it is often referred to) is long and terrible; for many centuries, Jews weren’t allowed to visit their sacred Temple Mount, all that they could was crying about it in front of a small wall. Can you imagine something like this in present days?

  • Everyone who visits the Wailing Wall can leave a prayer note asking God for help. This couple secretly told me that they couldn’t have kids, so they asked for a baby, and put their wish into the Wall. Now they have three children and two grandchildren, so it works!

They told me that if I ever happen to visit Jerusalem, I should definitely leave a note of my own.

Wonderful contemporary wall art on canvas by a Jewish artist

While I was listening to their story, I noticed a painting in the living room. It was a picture of the famous Wailing Wall by Leonid Afremov, one of the best examples of large contemporary canvas wall art I ever saw. The painter used yellow, orange and red colors to immortalize the Jewish sanctuary; large strokes of the palette knife resemble rocks, so you can even feel their shape. The Wall looks tremendous next to small figures of piligrims; they looked so tiny that I, who had never seen that place, could almost feel its special atmosphere.  This canvas wall art touched my heart. After all, the Wailing Wall is very important for Jewish people and Leonid Afremov managed to show it in his work. When I came home, I did some googling and found out that the artist runs his own online gallery, so if you are looking for a nice sample of canvas wall art, contemporary paintings by Leonid Afremov are sure to come in handy!

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