I cannot help but wonder when contemplating this garden painting called Lilies ca. 1905, located at the National Gallery of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, about the artist, Ellen Day Hale's awareness of lily symbolism.
A look at her art training might suggest affirmatively. However, her focus wasn’t on religious art per say, but more about the decorative styles that influenced the culture at that time:
We see how within the silence of each task,a gentle stillness and peace permeates. It is in these seemingly trivial moments that one often hears the whisper.
Even if I don’t see it again—nor ever feel it
I know it is—and that if once it hailed me
it ever does--
And so it is myself I want to turn in that direction
not as towards a place, but it was a tilting
as one turns a mirror to flash the light to where
it isn’t—I was blinded like that—and swam
in what shone at me
only able to endure it by being no one and so
specifically myself I thought I’d die
from being loved like that.
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