Saturday, November 29, 2008


The first Ophelia painting I saw was done by John Millais. It's a meticulously rendered, striking image of the body of a beautiful young woman floating in the river (after her suicide as depicted in Shakespeare's Hamlet).
Then I saw Odilon Redon's version, and I fell in love with it immediately. It's a much less literal depiction of the same event, but all the more surreal and haunting because of its haziness.
I get a profound sense of melancholy and quite grief from gazing at it. It doesn't have the same theatricality as Millais'. Somehow it seems extraordinarily peaceful as well.
R.I.P. Ophelia

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