Ophelia ~ A Tormented Soul
Ophelia (second version) 1863
Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)
Ophelia in literature
Russian novelist Fyodor Dostojevski , in the first chapter of his 1880 masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov, described a capricious young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself off a steep cliff into a river, simply to imitate Shakespeare's Ophelia. Dostoevsky concludes that "Even then, if the cliff, chosen and cherished from long ago, had not been so picturesque, if it had been merely a flat, prosaic bank, the suicide might not have taken place at all." Dostoevksy also depicts the heroine Grushenka as Ophelia, binding the two through the words "Woe is me!" in the chapter entitled "The First Torment."
T.s. Eliot ~ A Conversation With My Soul
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
Hermann Hesse ~ Reality
There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.”
George Brassai ~ The Need Of Passion
In the absence of a subject with which you are passionately involved, and without the excitement that drives you to grasp it and exhaust it, you may take some beautiful pictures, but not a photographic oeuvre.
passers-by in the rain , 1935
Lewis Mumford ~ On Mystery
A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
Lewis Mumford (October 19, 1895 – January 26, 1990) was an American historian, philosopher of technology, and influential literary critic.
Francisco Goya ~ You Will Not Escape / No Te Escaparas
She who wants to be caught never escapes ~ Nunca se escapa la qe. se quiere dejar coger.Goya - Los Caprichos
Oskar Kokoschka ~ Dreams And Visions
True dreams and visions should be as visible to the artist as the phenomena of the objective world.
Egon Schiele ~ A Melancholic Soul
Everything is dead while it lives.
Andrew Wyeth ~ Paintings Created Subconsciously
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
Andrew Wyeth Pennsylvania, USA - 12th of July, 1917 /2009
Famous Andrew Wyeth paintings include realist works of rural scenes, usually with a figure, object, or animal in it. His unusual compositions tend to add to the understated drama of his work.
Edgar Allan Poe ~ Dying
"I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence, the dread sentence of death, was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears"
Edgar Allan Poe ~ The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum is a claustrophobic tale of horror and suspense with an overpowering atmosphere of dread that has prompted much discussion about the writer's mental state. We could consider this masterpiece though as a compelling work of a gifted imagination.
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