The Blue Guitar


Creative Every Day – the theme is BLUE

My father Edward Reep is an artist.  I was looking at one of his paintings that hangs in my living room – The Blue Guitar.  Why not do a short post on this painting?  If you were up close and could read what it says, you’d see this excerpt from Wallace Stevens’ poem The Man with the Blue Guitar.

The Blue Guitar by Edward Reep

Just for clarity – painting by Edward Reep; poem by Wallace Stevens.

The man bent over his guitar,
A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”

The man replied, “Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

And they said then, “But play, you must,
A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,

A tune upon the blue guitar
Of things exactly as they are.”


3 Responses to “The Blue Guitar”

  1. Louise says:

    Great poem – and I love that your father turned its potency into something visual. Love the colours in his twisted guitar.

  2. I LOVE the painting and the excerpt. Both so playful yet poignant.

  3. Daniel Seidler says:

    MY new favorite piece.

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