Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Red Hooker

The Spanish Arch
Sylwia Knop
The actual name of this print is 'The Spanish Arch', but for me it will always be 'The Red Hooker'. I adore the red-sailed boat which is a traditional Galway fishing boat called a 'hooker.' During my time in Galway this summer, I walked past the Spanish Arch at least twice every day. There were frequently buskers entertaining near the arch (see the violinist in the bottom left of the photo). The big white house is no longer the Galway City Museum; a new museum has been built just beyond the Arch. I treated myself to this print as a combination Christmas/birthday present. I love the playfulness and movement in the print, but the red sail is its highlight for me. It makes me want to return to Galway!

While I only ordered one print, I ended up with two by the artist, Sylwia Knop. Because of a mix-up, I actually received someone else's print of the Galway Cathedral. The shipper very generously told me to keep it as an apology for the delay in getting me the right print. I'm pleased with it as well. The tall, thin doorway on the right hand tower of the Cathedral is called the Pope's Door. It opens onto a small balcony where the Pope might greet and bless the people. It's said that it was built tall enough to accommodate the Pope's tall hat called a mitre. This print is very Van Gogh-ish with its swirling skies.
Galway Cathedral
Sylwia Knop

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