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Published on Jul 29, 2013
http://www.pevernagie.com/;http://en.... ;https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-P... Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein says: " Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." Erik Pevernagie however says: "Whereof I cannot speak, I will paint.". Happiness is one of these premises you can't speak of. So he paints a bubbly girl that shouts "Happy days are back again". We may all have experienced the special paradoxical feeling : "Happiness we have never been aware of, happiness that, in fact, was felt as nonexistent and, nevertheless, one day, we feel happiness is no longer there." Have we not experienced the feeling of "Happiness that has been slumbering, that has been absent in the mind and that, all of sudden, bubbles up and is present again." Or is happiness just a phenomenon in our imagination? The artist likes to emphasize confusing and inconsistent sentiments. He also likes to question whether happiness should be exchanged. Is happiness just our own business? Is it only an individual case? The French proverb says: "Pour vivre heureux, vivons cachés", which translated, means :"to live happily, live hidden." Pevernagie wonders whether happiness and success should be hidden, in view of the misery and poverty around. Is it a sign of selfishness and un-intellectual behaviour, if we admit to a pursuit of happiness? Or, on the contrary, couldn't it work out as an incentive and a motivation? Couldn't it be perceived as a positive challenge, when we give voice to our happiness? Erik Pevernagie believes happiness can become contagious. He sees it then as a salutary infectious syndrome. A beneficial infection. In that case, people can be invited to shout "Happy days are back again."