Melancholy

Melancholy. Edvard Munch. 1894-96.

Melancholy. Edvard Munch. 1894-96.

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Gare Montparnasse

Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure). Giorgio de Chirico. 1914.

Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure). Giorgio de Chirico. 1914.


The Melancholy of Departure

A Song of Despair

By Pablo Neruda

The memory of you emerges from the night around me.
The river mingles its stubborn lament with the sea.

Deserted like the wharves at dawn.
It is the hour of departure, oh deserted one!

Cold flower heads are raining over my heart.
Oh pit of debris, fierce cave of the shipwrecked.

In you the wars and the flights accumulated.
From you the wings of the song birds rose

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Vampire II. Edvard Munch.

Vampire II. Edvard Munch. 1895-1902.


Melancholia

The Soothsayer's Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

The Soothsayer’s Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

This painting is one of a series of melancholic cityscapes that de Chirico painted featuring a lone statue in a deserted Italian piazza. The antique statue represents the sleeping Ariadne, who according to Greek mythology was abandoned by her lover on the desert island of Naxos. The confrontation of the classical world with a modern steam engine in the distance creates an uneasy ambiguity of time and space.

(From Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913