We recently received an email from a client who was interested in our painting "The Way Back". The entire message was lovely and thought provoking but one particular line stood out to me. It said "The saudade of your work is palpable and intoxicating." This stood out mostly because not only did I have no idea what it meant but I had never even seen that word before. Google defines it as:
'a Portuguese and Galician word that has no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.
Saudade was once described as "the love that remains" after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again.'
Wow. While this is a shade darker than we generally intend, it is a mood that we've always reached for. The definition goes on to describe a feeling that is 'happy and sad at once', missing that which is gone but joyous that it was experienced at all.
Bless you, emailer, for adding to my vocabulary and giving me a deeper sense of what our work means.