Belgian, 1845 - 1921
Date: circa 1889
In this drawing a strong sense of menace is created by the gloomy depths and striking shadows. Together with the calm rhythm generated by the surface pattern, this transforms concrete space into Mellery's inner landscape, an image of his soul:
'For the mystery and foreboding of the shadows, the meditation turned in upon itself and the silence are the very forms your thought takes on.'
(Lemonnier to Mellery, January 1899).
(Source: Marc Lambrechts, Impressionism to Symbolism: The Belgian Avant Garde 1880-1900))
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