On this rainy December Sunday afternoon, in corner of the brand spanking new Halifax Central Library, a man and a child share a moment. Their position on the cozy sofa under the glow of that floor lamp suggest that they could be at home. But then, I understand that the architect’s aim was to design a space that will become the “city’s living room”. Judging by this intimate scene, and the many others we witnessed, I’d say it’s a great success.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it (Oscar Wilde)
Between the Santa Parade and the Town Tree Lighting, we popped into the little comfort centre to warm up. That’s where this sweet old print found me. Someone donated it to a fundraising sale, and it was destined to come home with me.
I wonder what stories it could tell.
When I turned the frame over, I saw that it came from Eaton and the date is 1928. Does that mean it is from the former Canadian department store, Eatons? Or some other Eaton?
I wonder who originally bought it, and where did it hang? A child’s room? Across from a window, perhaps, as the colours appear faded. And if so, who grew up in that room? And how long did it hang there? Was it still there until it was donated earlier this month, or tucked away somewhere?
I wonder who the two little girls are in the print? Are they the artist’s models, or purely imaginary? I love that the girls are sharing one book, even though there is a stack of books beside them.
I wonder when the original painting was created? The print might indicate 1928, but the clothing on these little girls looks more like early 1900’s.
Such an engaging little scene…..and one that raises so many questions.