The Voyeurs, the Muses and the Damned.

Love speaks between souls in many ways. It takes on the guise of physical, sexual, intellectual and platonic love. All forms are true, all are love in its many shapes.

We have been long interested, since putting together this book, CO_ The Creative Couples Project, in the diversity of relationships which cannot be simply defined by any outdated norms, social expectations and political scape goating. Last year we posted about the relationship between Michelangelo and Tommaso dei Cavalieri in a post titled “An Impossible Love”. The sometimes ambiguous nature of relationships about which little has been recorded, leads to legends and obsessions following in their wake decades and centuries later. We are inspired by what we don’t know, and what is left in that space between history and knowledge is a void left only to be filled by our imaginations.

This is no less, or perhaps even more, true of historical same sex relationships. Why, the question must be asked, do we need this validation of same sex attraction? Why do we crave confirmation of the presence of love where we can only now speculate?

From the viewpoint of the current social and political debate surrounding LGBTIQ it means placing our current plight into a broader perspective. It is a kind of ownership, should you not take the word to mean possession but rather an affirmation of identity.

From another angle, however, it is a purely romantic desire to put a face, as it were, to the sonnets, the letters, the poetry and the paintings. It is about knowing a little of the artists muse…perhaps it is even a little voyeuristic- wanting to look, figuratively or otherwise, into the bedrooms of some of the most creative and inspiring figures through the times. Knowing they loved like you.

George Sand, the writer formerly known as… Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin (1804-1876) is one such figure known for her lovers as much as her works. Chopin was amongst them. Yet do a little research- traditional, Google or otherwise- and you’ll quickly learn of a much discussed and hotly debated dalliance with one Marie Dorval. The young actress’ lover, the Count Alfred de Vigny, comes across just a wee jealous when he is quoted as having referred to the suit-wearing, cigar-smoking Sand as “that damned lesbian”. I think of nothing more that what a fantastic title for a play about their relationship!

We crave to know did the artist have a favourite muse? Was this poem about her? Him? Who did she write that song about?

Share your voyeuristic insights on creative couples, lovers…polyamorous, queer, or otherwise.

Copyright CO_The Creative Couples Project 2013


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