Jul 7, 2018

Melancholic looks

Rmn-Grand Palais

Lassitude and melancholy are clear to see in the eyes of long-suffering people who are isolated in their sadness and often have an empty look in their eyes.

Le Nain's exhausted peasants appear just as gloomy as the earthy colors used by the painter.

Watteau's Pierrot stands motionless and awkward in his white suit as if lost in thought, his mind somewhere far away.

Yet melancholy can affect all social classes and in no way spares the greats of our world.

Delaroche depicted Napoleon on the eve of his fall, slumped on a chair, despondent, with the weight of fate heavy on his shoulders. As he recalls past glories, his eyes suggest his disappointment and disenchantment.

In L’Absinthe, Degas uses an off-center composition to highlight the unease and isolation felt by a long-suffering woman with a blank look.

Van Gogh's bright colors and dynamic diagonal composition are not enough to conceal the melancholy seizing Dr. Gachet.

Rmn-Grand Palais
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We would like to thank:
- For design, illustrations, writing, and coordination of the RMN-Grand Palais project: Cécile Maisonneuve (Doctor of Art History, Policy Officer, Scientific Council), Nathalie Gathelier (National Museums Speaker), Annie Madec (Iconographer), Françoise Lombardi-Peissel (Project Manager) at RMN-Grand Palais.
- For reproductions: French museum collections represented by the Photo Agency of the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais:
Montpellier, Musée Fabre; Versailles, Musée Lambinet; Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts; Paris, The Louvre; Paris, Centre Pompidou (Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre de Création Industrielle).

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