Tag Archives: Melancholy

1797: Reading a Book

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson: Benoît Agnès Trioson Reading a Book (1797) Born Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy in 1767, Girodet suffered the death of his father in 1784 and his mother in 1787. Dr. Benoît-François Trioson, a close friend of his … Continue reading

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1877: Hope Deferred, And Hopes And Fears That Kindle Hope

Charles West Cope: Hope Deferred, and Hopes and Fears that Kindle Hope; exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1877.

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1883: You are Wheat and Belong in the Wheatfield

Pages from a letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, 28 October 1883: to cause despondency for six months, until one eventually sees after all that one shouldn’t have let oneself be disoriented. There are two people whose intense … Continue reading

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2007: Mes Maisons

Jean-François Fourtou: from Mes Maisons (2007) (source)

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1737: Anti-Depressant

     It has been often related, and generally believed, that Philip V King of Spain, being seized with a total dejection of spirits, which made him refuse to be shaved, and rendered him incapable of attending council or transacting affairs … Continue reading

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1915: Impermanence

In 1915, Sigmund Freud published a short essay, “On Transience,” in which he addresses in a succinct and poetic way, the ideas he had developed for his book Mourning and Melancholia (1917). For Freud, these two states—mourning and melancholia—are different … Continue reading

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1991: Won’t Get Off the Ground

Anselm Kiefer: Melancholia (1990-1991).  Made of lead, glass, steel, and ash. Found here.

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