The Masterpiece3 mins 193 3 mins 193
Stella runs one of the most spacious and popular stores of artefacts at Barcelona in Spain. The shop is known for trendy and classy glassware, paintings, quirky lamps, chandeliers, wall clocks and many more home décor articles. Her favourite is a white marbled face of a beautiful lady flower vase. She daily takes care of that art piece by herself, changes flowers once they lose beauty and fragrance. She has sold many pieces and one piece is always kept for display purpose.
One day a young girl visits to her shop and is fascinated by the flower vase. She touches that gently and utters this artefact depicts woman’s mind is fertile enough to grow flowers in every situation. Her words are said very convincingly as if she has experienced power of women in transforming deserted life into a marvellous garden of flowery plants. She further says women spread positivity, beauty and illuminate lives with this mindset. The girl asks the price and promises she will buy that very soon.
That girl’s presence and her explanation of the marble statue creates a curiosity in Stella to know about the girl more. She enquires the manufacturer of the statue if he knows who has designed the piece. He sends her name and address of the artist. She without any delay reaches the countryside home of the talented person to thank for such an innovative art marvel. The house is a small bungalow with a courtyard and a garden of roses and multifarious flower plants.
She knocks at the door and is greatly surprised to find the same young girl who has visited her shop. Both recognize each other so they meet happily. Stella is welcomed in the house of Emilia and when she asks her who has designed ‘the woman holding flower in head’ the answer is, ‘my grandma’. Emilia narrates how her granny loves drawing pictures and in all her sketches theme is woman’s power of brain. Mrs. Jade, the granny believes men are more emotional and listens to heart whereas women are logical and analytical and can survive in any critical situation by reducing its severity with love, care, positive thinking and applying brain power.
Mrs. Jade is introduced to the guest. A lady of 85 years old in her low voice blesses her as due to increase in sell of the marble statue in her shop, the manufacturer has started given them royalty amount for the painting. Stella asks what inspires her to create that masterpiece. She replies it is her mother who has a great influence in her life. In 1936 during Spanish civil war they were war refugees. Her father broke down emotionally. It was her mother who was a headstrong lady. In a new place she not only made life comfortable for the children and elders though they had limited resources but also made others to live a meaningful life without transferring the pain of being victims of war to their children.
Stella returns to her shop and along with the statue showcases the picture of Mrs. Jade by mentioning on it ‘Designer of the masterpiece’.